From the Media - Part 50

posted by mh on 2006/07/03 21:13

[ From the Media ]

A new and - in principle - interesting website on the architectural monuments of Southeast Europe has been launched: "was produced within the framework of the two-year project Encouraging the Use of the New Methodology in the teaching, Preservation and Promotion of Cultural and Environmental Heritage, funded by British Council Bulgaria [...]. The project’s target audience is mostly children aged 6–14 who live in South East Europe. Its objective is to raise their awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural heritage in general, with a particular emphasis on the Region’s unique cultural heritage, and thereby, foster a sense of regional identity and a sense of shared responsibility and respect for the values of other nations, ethnic communities and religions." The design is attractive, the idea good, and some "bonuses" include plans and walkable 3D-models of some monuments (including the "unfortunately a bit damaged" [!] Aladza mosque at Foca). However, the basic information about the monuments, as well as the often poor quality pictures, appear to collected chiefly from existing websites (rather than more qualified sources), could well have been much more informative, and also much more accurate in some cases. But the intention is good, and to a 6-14 year old it probably does not matter much if a building is from the 15th or 19th century.



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