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The Bridges of Time (ROBG–128)

An Integrated Approach for Improving the Sustainable Use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele Cross-border Cultural Heritage

What’s the goal?

To improve the sustainable use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele cross-border cultural heritage by developing, implementing and promoting an integrated joint approach for investing in sustainable tourism.

What’s the budget?

Total budget of the project = 5,836,225.82 euro, out of which 4,960,791.94 ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Nikopol Municipality, Bulgaria

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Turnu Magurele Town, Romania

When is it happening?

Start date: 31.03.2017

End date: 30.01.2023

Duration: 70 months and 1 day

How is it going to happen?

  • construction works for restoring Turnu Magurele fortress
  • constructing Nikopol archeological park with access road to Cliff Church 3 stakeholder workshops for developing 9 integrated tourist products/services
  • 1 joint marketing strategy
  • 1 joint information web portal and smartphone application
  • 8 info terminals
  • 2 clubs for historical restorations
  • 1 large-scale cross-border festival
  • information and publicity materials

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:10,000 visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction (COI); 2 integrated tourism products; 7 integrated tourism services; 1 common strategy

Programme results: 2,800 tourists overnights in the CBC region

Project status

Lead Beneficiary: awarded the two contracts for the elaboration of the technical design and construction works, out of which one for the open air museum and the second one for the road to the Cliff Church. The technical designs for both investment objectives have been delivered. The work on the road to the Cliff Church is ongoing and near finalization while the work on the open air park museum register delays and was not started. LB decided to terminate the contract for execution of the works and relaunch the contracting process for execution of works for the open air park museum.

Beneficiary 2: has finalized the investment for restoring the Turnu Magurele fortress.

Within the project so far the following equipment and services have been delivered:

- A joint marketing strategy have been elaborated;

- The contract for design and development of a trilingual online portal “The bridges of time” and a smart phone application have been awarded and the software products have been developed and can be found at;

- A 100 pieces of household costumes from the ancient era which will be used by the 2 clubs for historical restorations have been delivered.

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