Le Dimore del Quartetto

The European Historic Houses Association has a great opportunity for your members! We have concluded a partnership with the Italian association Le Dimore del Quartetto and we are looking for private owners of historic houses willing to engage with the initiative.

Le Dimore del Quartetto supports excellent young string quartets and promotes living cultural heritage in historic houses, thus relaunching their role as patrons of the arts.

Concretely, private owners willing to join the network host musicians for 7 days for free in exchange for concerts (that can be either private or open to the public), by providing accommodation for 4 people, a rehearsal room and a venue for concerts.

In exchange, the Quartets perform concerts in the house, which creates value for the house, fosters gatherings and enables private owners to showcase to an interested audience the other activities which are carried out in the house (guided tours, exhibitions….). It is also a great opportunity to unite again historic houses and the living arts.

Set up in partnership with the ADSI (our Italian Association), the project currently gathers 79 houses and organized 80 concerts and residencies in 2017; and is gaining momentum in Italy with increased press coverage.

We are looking to expand this initiative to other European countries, and we are thus calling on you to circulate the information to your members.

Interested private owners should express their interest by December 8 by sending an email or calling the Secretariat of the Association.

Email: d.dupeux@europeanhistorichouses.eu

Phone: +32 (0) 2 400 77 00

You will also find below to this email the brochure of Le Dimore del Quartetto with further information on the initiative.

Best regards,

Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem

Executive President



SAVE the House of Georges Bizet in Bougival, near Paris!

Today, as France, Europe and the entire world commemorate the birthday of Europe’twere great composer, Georges Bizet, Europa Nostra and our President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, wish to invite you to support the crowd-funding campaign to save the House of Bizet in Bougival, near Paris in France.

As you read in the Summer edition of our Newsletter, this campaign was launched by the European Music Centre and the City of Bougival on 21 June 2017 in Paris. The launch coincided with the 20th anniversary of the European Music Day.

Given the symbolic European value of this initiative, Europa Nostra and our President exceptionally decided to give it our high patronage. Watch the video message which our President recorded for the launch of this crowd-funding campaign.

After four months, we are pleased to inform you that so far, 950 people have already supported the project with a total amount of almost €125,000 raised.

Additional contributions are needed and more than welcome!


A personal message from Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra

Dear Friends of Europa Nostra,

On 25th October, we celebrate the 179th birthday of one of Europe’s greatest composers, Georges Bizet.

Throughout his short life of just 36 years, Bizet created true marvels such as his masterpiece, Carmen, the world’s most performed opera. I myself had the privilege of singing this sublime piece on over 200 occasions, in addition to having directed it close to 50 times over the course of my career.

Now it’s up to us – the friends of Europe’s cultural heritage – to offer Georges Bizet a worthy birthday gift: let us help the City of Bougival and the European Music Centre to buy and restore Bizet’s beloved house in the charming little town of Bougival on the banks of the Seine near Paris, where he composed Carmen and sadly, passed away at such a young age.

Let it finally be the Home of Bizet and his Carmen! We owe it to him, after all that he has given us…

I am counting on each of you. Let us be numerous in our contributions. Any amount, however small, is more than welcome!

Thank you!

Plácido Domingo
President of Europa Nostra

For more information:

Visit www.dartagnans.fr/Carmen to discover this challenging project and the rewards offered to project supporters!

DONATE and/or SHARE news of this initiative on social media and through your own network.

Every contributor will see her/his name inscribed on the project’s dedicated website and subsequently also in the future “Espace Carmen” to be created near the House of Bizet.

Media around Europe are talking about the initiative to save the House of Bizet in Bougival, such as:

Le Figaro
RFI Espagnol

Sing for Relief


Dear Colleagues & Friends, 

We wish to share with you the solidarity initiative taken by our President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, to mobilise the widest possible support for people in need in Mexico and Puerto Rico, two countries which have recently endured severe devastations and in which our President has many close family and friends.

Please take few minutes to watch and listen to the moving video message which our President has posted yesterday on his social media.


In this video message, Plácido Domingo urges us all to contribute an amount, however small, in support of people in need in those two countries. Our President has also pledged to match the amount raised through this initiative – up to the amount of 50.000 USD -through the Plácido and Marta Domingo Foundation. 

Please also spread this message as widely as possible through your own contacts and also via social media.

Europa Nostra has already done this via our own twitter account.

On behalf of our President, we thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

With my very best regards,



State of the Union speech

Europa Nostra’s reaction to President Juncker’s State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in his annual State of the Union speech, taking stock of Europe’s political situation and outlining priorities for 2018, the year which coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Juncker’s third State of the Union speech was delivered under the motto “wind in our sails”, calling the current situation a “window of opportunity” to shape the future of Europe. When outlining his “personal scenario number 6” for the future of the European Union, the EC President stressed his firm “love for Europe”: “Love for Europe because Europe and the European Union have achieved something unique in this fraying world: peace within and outside of Europe. Prosperity for many if not yet for all. This is something we have to remember during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. 2018 must be a celebration of cultural diversity”. The European Parliament welcomed the reference to the European Year with a strong applause.



Benefiz zur Rettung der alten Hammerschmiede in Vils

Benefiz zur Rettung der alten Hammerschmiede in Vils


Historischer Kontext.

Der Weiler St. Anna in Vils besteht aus einem Bauernhaus, einer alten Hammerschmiede, der St. Anna Kirche und oberhalb am Berg steht die Burgruine Vilsegg

1861 besuchte die bayerische Königsfamilie mit Königin Marie das erste mal die alte Hammerschmiede bei St. Anna unterhalb der Burg Vilsegg in Vils. Es sollten über 140 Besuche in den nächsten Jahren in Vils sein.

Ludwig, der spätere König Ludwig II., soll als 16 jähriger begeistert mit seinem Bruder Otto in den alten Mauern der Burg Vilsegg „geklettert“ sein und von dort oben die alte Burgruine Vorder- und Hinterhohenschwangau (Doppelburg) in Schwangau gesehen hat. Er soll zu seiner Mutter gesagt haben: „Dort will ich einmal ein Schloss bauen.“  Schon 8 Jahre später begann er mit dem Bau von Neuschwanstein.

Der Besitzer der Hammerschmiede hat für die Königin im 1. Stock des Bauernhauses ein Zimmer in den Farben weiß – blau ausmalen lassen, an den Wänden waren Blumengewinde und auf der Decke ein Strahlenstern gemalt. Leider wurden diese im 20.Jh. übermalt.

Eintragungen der Königin im Gästebuch:

„Heute das erste mal einen Pflug zum Vergnügen geführt.“

„Nun auch zu buttern versucht.“

Besucher laut Gästebuch waren:

König Max II. , Königin Marie, deren Söhne Ludwig und Otto, die Prinzen Karl v. Hessen-Darmstadt mit Sohn Wilhelm, die bayer. Prinzen Adalbert, Arnulf und Leopold, die Prinzessinnen Elisabeth von Hessen-Darmstadt, v. Luitpold, Therese von Bayern und eine Spanierin, deren Gemahl Prinz Adalbert war, die Erzherzoginnen Gisela von Österreich und v. Österreich –Este, Fürst Thurn und Taxis, die Grafen Aggenheim, Alfred, Ernst und Friedrich Dürckheim, Max Holnstein, Edmund Maldeghem, Mals, Heinrich v. d. Mühle, Max zu Pappenheim, Albert Roth, Wilhelm, Zech , die Gräfinnen Alexandrine, Anna und Olga Dürckheim, Charlotte Fugger, Fugger zu Kirchheim, Therese v. Maldeghem, Julie v. d. Mühle, Emma v. Oberndorff, Voldermin, die Freiherren Wilhelm v. Branke, Max Laroche, v. Malsen, von u. zu Rhein, Joseph v. Schleitheim, die Freiinnen v. Kreußer, v. Limpurk, v. Reichlin und Luise v. Schäffer-Bernstein.



Malta’twere heritage

Europa Nostra calls on Malta’s re-elected Prime Minister to make heritage preservation a priority.

On 14 June 2017, Europa Nostra’s Executive President and Secretary General sent a letter to the recently re-elected Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat wishing him another successful term in office. Denis de Kergorlay and Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, also on behalf of Europa Nostra’s President Maestro Plácido Domingo, praised the impressive restoration projects of very high quality carried out in the country, particularly in Valletta, many of which with European support. They urged Prime Minister Muscat to put the preservation of Malta’s unique built and natural heritage as an urgent priority for his new government. The Executive President and Secretary General also reiterated that Europa Nostra stands ready to strengthen the cooperation with the Prime Minister’s office on heritage and cultural matters, especially in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.


ORF 2, KulturMontag

Sehr geehrte Mitglieder der Expertengruppe historische Bauten!

Bezugnehmend auf mein Mail vom Montag dieser Woche, darf ich Ihnen nunmehr den Link zur Sendung „ORF-KulturMontag“, mit dem Themenschwerpunkt „Über den Umgang der Republik mit historischem Erbe“ und anschließende Studiodiskussion zum „Nachsehen“ bekanntgeben: http://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Kulturmontag/1303/kulturMontag/13933659

Ich denke, es ist gut gelungen, die „Eigentümer-Frage“ im Zusammenhang mit dem Denkmalschutz in der Sendung zu positionieren.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Susanne Jenner


Land&Forst Betriebe Niederösterreich
Dr. Susanne Jenner
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e-mail: jenner@landforstbetriebe.at
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Hasankeyf, Turkey

Europa Nostra’s Board gives statement on the endangered heritage site of Hasankeyf, Turkey

The Board of Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, made a statement about theAncient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings in Turkey, listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2016. In their statement, the Board of Europa Nostra deeply deplores the decision of the Turkish government to build a dam that would lead to the flooding of a site of world significance, without proper and transparent justification and without adequate compensation measures. In particular, the Board regrets that the removal of the Zeynel Bay Tomb has been carried out with insufficient consultation with the local and scholarly communities and that other Islamic monuments of great significance remain highly endangered. The Board of Europa Nostra urges the Turkish authorities to adhere to the standards of heritage protection that are included in the European Conventions and to set up a proper consultation process with local communities and civil society organisations concerned in an open and transparent manner. Weiterlesen