Belgrade's Kalemegdan fortress has been listed as one of the most endangered cultural heritage sites in Europe, the Europa Nostra organization said on Tuesday and warned that the planned cable car project would compromise the fortress and its surroundings.
It added that Kalemegdan Fortress in the center of the Serbian capital was placed on a short list of 14 most endangered cultural heritage sites as part of the 7 MostEndangered program which identifies the most threatened monuments, sites and landscapes in Europeand mobilizes public and private partners to preserve them.
“The Belgrade Fortress, an iconic symbol of the city, is threatened by a harmful cable car project which would drastically compromise the integrity of the site,” the press release said. ”The Belgrade Fortress is one of the most important cultural monuments in the Republic of Serbia, with the Fortress and its surrounding landscape having borne witness to the presence of humans since the Neolithic Period, as evidenced by the remains from Celtic, Roman, Byzantine, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Serbian Middle Age periods as well as the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. The Belgrade Fortress and its Roman archaeological heritage (Ancient Singidunum) are on the Tentative List of UNESCO as part of the biggest pan-European transnational world heritage property, the Frontiers of the Roman Empire. The Kalemegdan Park, located at the Fortress, is much loved by the city’s residents and its extraordinary position overlooking the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers offers protected viewpoints of outstanding beauty,” Europa Nostra said.
The 7 Most Endangered’ programme was launched in 2013 by Europa Nostra with the European Investment Bank Institute as founding partner and the Council of Europe Development Bank as associated partner. It is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of Europa Nostra’s networking project “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” (2017-2020).