Culture Ministry to be involved in heritage restoration

ZAGREB, March 26 (Croatia Sun News) – Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek stated that the Ministry of Culture would be involved in the restoration of the damaged cultural heritage since a large part of Zagreb’s cultural-historical area had been damaged in Sunday’s earthquake, while some buildings had been destroyed.

“We will see in what direction the drafting will go, if a law or some other model will be adopted,” Obuljen Korzinek told reporters ahead of a government session, underscoring that her ministry would certainly be involved in the restoration project.

She said that Croatia had experience with post-war reconstruction and that the act on the restoration of Dubrovnik from 1980, following the 1979 earthquake, was a similar example.

We have the methodology and we know how to carry this out. Of course, reconstruction should be systematic and involve civil engineers, urban planners and experts on the protection of cultural heritage, Obuljen Korzinek said.

She underscored that statics experts were assessing individual buildings, as well as cultural-historical complexes. The Ministry on Wednesday began work on preliminary damage reports together with the Zagreb City Institute for the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage.

(Source: Hina)

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