Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

May 17, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to own your own castle – or perhaps an Italian monastery? Here’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the country is giving away 103 historic sites – including old houses, farmhouses, inns, monasteries and even ancient castles. However, only those who intend to renovate and transform the structures into tourist hotspots (such as restaurants and spas) will be granted a plot of historic property. The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage are responsible for spearheading the project, which aims to relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas. In effect, lesser-explored destinations will receive an influx of tourists and local economies will benefit. State property agency employee Roberto Reggi told The Local : “The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector. The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” In total, 103 historic sites are available across the country. Many are located near the famous Appian Way – the Roman road that connects Venice with Brindisi on the southern coast. After the initial properties are claimed and foreigners begin exploring more destinations aside from Venice , 200 more sites will be included in the project over the next two years. This isn’t the first time Italy has relied on the public to restore its historic sites. The “ Lighthouse Project, ” for instance, has resulted in the Italian government auctioning off approximately 30 historic lighthouses to investors over the past two years. The requirement has been the same: transform the ordinary structures into hotels and tourist facilities . Additionally, the country raised €502 million for its “ Kill Public Debt Plan ” by putting 50 of its most prized sites up for action in 2013. Full details of the project can be found (in Italian) on the State Property Agency’s website . + State Property Agency Via The Local Images via Hand Luggage Only , SUWalls , Pinterest

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Syrian refugees at Za’atari camp restore destroyed cultural heritage in miniature

January 12, 2016 by  
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Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

September 15, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aga Khan Foundation , Aga Khan Museum , Art , canada , courtyard , cultural heritage , Fumihiko Maki , gallery , islam , Islamic culture , Light , Maki and Associates , mashrabiya screen , museums , public buildings , public spaces , toronto , white grantie

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

September 4, 2014 by  
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The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in trouble since an earthquake hit the region in 1992, but in a difficult political and economic climate for the country, those now tasked with preserving the pyramid are doing more harm than good. Egyptian activists claim the company, Shurbagy, doesn’t even have the necessary experience to be undertaking the work in the first place, and they have launched a campaign against the Minister of Antiquities , Mamdouh al-Damaty, claiming a “full-fledged crime” has been committed. Read the rest of The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient monuments , ancient sites , architecturally significant structures , cultural heritage , destruction , egypt , Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities , Mamdouh al-Damaty , monuments , oldest pyramid in Egypt , oldest pyramid in Egypt is being destroyed , Pyramid of Djoser , pyramids , Saqqara , step pyramid

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Believe it or Not, This Historic Home is Energy Neutral

June 24, 2013 by  
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Built in the early 20th Century, this lovely villa is the first energy-neutral historic monument in The Netherlands. The refurbishment, completed in 2010 by Dutch architecture firm Zecc Architecten, is an exemplary marriage of cultural heritage and…

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