The Revival of the Stone Village
The Stone Village-Gostusa in south-east Serbia changed its status from completely forgoten to a superstar thanks to numeruos activities in research and conservation. This place had more than 300 authentic vernacular buildings placed in an outstanding natural ambiance of Stara Planina Nature Park when the research project started in 2012. The research study won the Europa Nostra Award and EU Grand-Prix in 2016 and the story continues to grow untill present days. The ehxibition about the Village visited numeruos towns and institutions in the region. The papers based on the project's results were presented all over the world. Last year within the Europen Year of Cultural Heritage framework in cooperation with the European Heritage Volunteers organisation, 17 young people from Australia to UK and Russia, helped conservation of vernacular buildings belonging to the most vunerable residents, old people but also they did the conservation of the local church (Adopt a House-hold in Gostusa project). One of them stated: "Staying here is like time-travel", and the others liked food, local people, nature...
Community engagement, Cross-frontier collaboration, Other, Youth oriented