VOTE for the Public Choice Award 2024

Discover the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2024 and vote to decide who will win this year’s Public Choice Award!
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  • Deadline for voting is 22 September 2024.
The winner will be announced at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 7 October 2024 at Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. You can follow the livestream here:

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €10.000 EUR and a trophy. The Public Choice Award is only eligible to winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards that come from countries that are signatories of the Creative Europe programme.
Royale Belge Building, Brussels, BELGIUM (Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

This Modernist building, completed in 1970 as the headquarters of the Royale Belge insurance company, now incorporates a mix of uses, including conference facilities, offices, co-working spaces, a health club, and a hotel. Its rehabilitation project is of remarkable scale and quality, and showcases a commitment to sustainability.

Schulenburg Mansion, Gera, GERMANY (Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

The Schulenburg Mansion was built in 1914 by Henry van de Velde. Its restoration project stands as a shining example for the conservation of 20th-century architecture. Ambitiously comprehensive, it meticulously considered materials and maintained coherence with the building's aesthetic, spanning interiors, furniture, and the garden.

Ignacy Historic Mine, Rybnik, POLAND(Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

This is a unique renovation project on the site of a former coal mine, one of the oldest in Poland, which was founded in 1792. Thanks to the joint efforts of the former miners, the City of Rybnik, the Polish state and EU funds, the complex has been saved and adapted to new functions as a cultural and recreational centre. 

Saxon Church in Alma Vii, ROMANIA (Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

This project restored a cultural landmark that symbolises centuries of history and craftsmanship in the picturesque village of Alma Vii in Transylvania. The comprehensive restoration not only preserved the church's architectural and historical integrity but also empowered the local community and fostered sustainable tourism development.

St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA (Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

Nestled in the city's vibrant centre, St. Michael’s Church is a gem of European Gothic architecture. The church embarked on an extensive restoration journey from 2016 to 2022. Beyond mere structural reinforcements and façade revivals, the project also encompassed the refurbishment of the interiors and modern enhancements.

Snow Wells, Sierra Espuña, SPAIN(Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

Dating back to the 16th century, these wells served as ice factories, storing winter snow for summer ice production. Two of the most significant Snow Wells in Sierra Espuña have been comprehensively restored as part of a wider effort to conserve their rich cultural legacy for future generations.

NewsEye: A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers, AUSTRIA/FINLAND/FRANCE/GERMANY (Research)

This innovative research project improves access to the early European press (1850 to 1950). Using 15 million pages digitised by the national libraries of Austria, Finland and France, it developed automatic tools for character recognition, analysis of newspaper structure and multilingual content processing, based on artificial intelligence.

Teryan Cultural Centre - Empowering Nagorno-Karabakh Refugees, Yerevan, ARMENIA (Education, Training and Skills)

Since 2002, the Teryan Cultural Centre has been committed to the study and preservation of Armenian culture. Following the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020, the Center has expanded its mission to include training activities and support for displaced Armenian refugees from the region.

Boulouki’s Travelling Workshop on Traditional Building Techniques, Athens, GREECE (Education, Training and Skills)

Boulouki is a versatile collective of architects, engineers and heritage professionals dedicated to revitalising traditional craftsmanship for contemporary construction needs. They employ an itinerant approach, travelling around Greece, to conduct training workshops that draw from, and respond to, the characteristics of every place.

Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme, Kilkenny, IRELAND (Education, Training and Skills)

The main objective of this nationwide scheme is to help farmers recognise the cultural value of traditional farm buildings. Participants are supported in acquiring skills to enable them to carry out repairs to return the buildings to functional use on the farm. Over 1,000 buildings have been repaired since the creation of the scheme in 2008. 

Serfenta Crafts Revitalisation Model, Cieszyn, POLAND (Education, Training and Skills)

Designed and implemented by the Serfenta Association, this model was created over 15 years, with the craft of basketry at its core. In cooperation with craftsmen, designers, and people of every age and all backgrounds from Poland and other European countries, the Serfenta team tested new ways to successfully transmit this heritage.

White Carpentry School, Narros del Castillo, SPAIN (Education, Training and Skills)

Founded in 2014, this is the only training centre in the world dedicated exclusively to teaching white carpentry. White carpentry is a technique that from the 13th century to the 18th century made possible the construction of the roof trusses and wooden coffered ceilings that are present in thousands of buildings in Spain. 

The Square Kilometre, Ghent, BELGIUM (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-Raising)

For the past five years, a ‘historian in residence’ has been travelling the most diverse parts of Ghent. Per ‘square kilometre’, she has invited locals to bring forth ‘hidden histories’. Each residency culminates in an exhibition within STAM Ghent City Museum and numerous heritage guides where the narration is shaped by the locals. 

The Silence that Tore Down the Monument, Kamenska, CROATIA (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-raising)

The “Monument to the Victory of the People of Slavonia” in Kamenska, created by Vojin Bakic from 1958 to 1968, was destroyed by the Armed Forces of Croatia in 1992, during the Yugoslav War. This project resurrected the monument through Augmented Reality technology, a pioneering approach in the heritage conservation field.

Preserving the Community Halls for Local Civil Society Activities, FINLAND (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-Raising)

This project is a model where state subsidies for sustainable repairs and renovations of community halls are allocated to local associations via an NGO. The model is innovative because of the strong role of citizens' engagement at many levels in preserving the community halls, an essential part of Finnish heritage.


Fortified Castles of Alsace Association, FRANCE (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-Raising)

In the French region of Alsace, there are over a hundred castle ruins on the Alsatian side of the Vosges mountains. The aim of the association Fortified Castles of Alsace, created in 2013, is to underline the importance of this remarkable heritage, through a range of different initiatives, such as the Alsace Fortified Castles’ Trail.

Citizens’ Rehabilitation of the Tsiskarauli Tower, Akhieli, GEORGIA (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-Raising)

Over three years, 46 Georgian and international citizens worked alongside technical experts and traditional craftspeople to restore the Tsiskarauli Tower, which was at risk of collapse. The project brought much-needed attention to the remote community of Khevsureti, and raised awareness of the value of Georgian heritage.

International Festival of Classical Theatre for Youth, Syracuse, ITALY (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-Raising)

Since 1991, over 50,000 young students from around the world have converged at the Greek Theatre of Akrai to reinterpret classical Greek and Roman texts. This annual festival celebrates Europe's rich classical heritage while boldly forging ahead into the future. The festival's dedication to educational outreach and inclusivity is exemplary.


Foundation for the Conservation of the Historical Estate Ockenburgh, The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS (Citizens Engagement and Awareness-raising)

This foundation represents over 150 local volunteers who spent a decade working to renovate the Ockenburgh Estate, founded in The Hague in 1654. A diverse team contributed their expertise. Local businesses provided materials and labour, while community members donated furniture, decorations, and their time.

Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, CROATIA (Heritage Champions)

Since 1952, this civil society association has financed and completed research and conservation projects of Dubrovnik's landmarks, including the City’s Walls. The Society was closely involved with the inclusion of the Old City of Dubrovnik on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.


Else "Sprossa" Rønnevig, Lillesand, NORWAY (Heritage Champions)

Over five decades, Else “Sprossa” Rønnevig spearheaded the rescue of old windows, halted the replacement of valuable historic windows, and established clearer regulations for its protection, transforming Norway's approach to cultural preservation.


Professor Piotr Gerber, Wroclaw, POLAND (Heritage Champions)

Piotr Gerber has dedicated his life to the protection of post-industrial heritage. In both Poland and abroad, he has played an influential role in raising public awareness and understanding of the importance of technical and technological development.