TT6 - Románico Norte Intervention Plan

TT6: Capacity for territorial development by on-place based cultural values enhancement

TT6 Románico Norte Intervention Plan

The main objective of the Intervention Plan “Románico Norte” is to set up the base for socio-economic sustainability and growth. A territory’s best resources are: its residents, its cultural heritage and its landscape. These should serve as fuel for development. We intend on not only conserving heritage, landscape and the local identity but also appropriately manage those resources. They can be used as tools to revitalize the economy and culture of the territory by means of stabilizing the population and by implementing a responsible and sustainable model for tourism. So heritage truly becomes a source of resources, it should be valued by society. Therefore, a series of actions oriented around dissemination and enhancement of the heritage monuments, have been done always through a transverse perspective of innovation and quality.

The Intervention Plan “Románico Norte” is the catalyst for that model (which extends throughout a large area in the Autonomous Region of Castile and León.) This project executed by the Santa Maria la Real Foundation is sponsored by the Regional Cultural and Tourism Ministry of Castile and León and also counts on the collaboration from the Dioceses of Burgos and Palencia. The fundamental objective of “Románico Norte,” (which also forms part of PAHIS, a larger intervention plan of historic heritage of Castile and Leon), is the integral restoration of 54 Romanesque churches and their surroundings located in the provinces of Burgos and Palencia. The budget for the plan totals 9,720,000 euros and is provided entirely by the regional administration.

Evidence of Success:

Previous studies and drafting of restoration projects in 52 churches with conservation and restoration carried out in 37 churches and the adaptation of the environments of 28 churches. Restoration of more than fifty different works of art, including sculptures carved in wood and stone, altarpieces, paintings and murals. It is important to mention that one of the principal initiatives of this Intervention Plan. To be more specific, 20 buildings have already been deemed “National Sites of Cultural Interest. On the other hand, another 11 buildings are in the process of being designated “National Sites of Cultural Interest”. The project also has been influential in the implementation of: Communication and Awareness, Education, Tourism Management, Maintenance and Technical Office plans