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In November 2019, Albania was hit by the country’s most deadly earthquake in the last 50 years. Estimated at a Richter magnitude 6.3, it caused extensive damage across 11 municipalities. The EU4Culture project is funded by the European Union (EU) and is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in close partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Culture and Innovation. It focuses on renovation and revitalization of major cultural heritage sites damaged by the earthquake and represents one of the largest cultural heritage programmes funded by the European Union with a total budget of € 40 million. Guided by the “Building Back Better” principle, EU4Culture focuses on renovation of major cultural heritage sites in line with the UN Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. In parallel, the project aims to enhance Albania’s tourism potential, thus directly contributing to local and regional socio-economic recovery. To that aim, special focus is given to innovative technologies, including digital story-telling and creation of multimedia products designed to be accessible for all. At the same time, the project is supporting local entrepreneurship, artisanship and cultural initiatives evolving around selected sites through the allocation of grants, providing a direct boost to the local economy.

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Municipalities targeted by the Program


Ongoing Sites


Total Budget


Policymakers, academics, media, community representatives participated in Consultation meetings


Restored Sites

Programme Sites

National Historical Museum

Mosaic of the Façade at the National Historical Museum

National Puppet Theatre

Building of the Institute for Formerly Politically Persecuted

Ministry of Culture

Ethnographic Museum of Kavaja

Castle of Bashtova

Archaeological Museum in Durrës

Ethnographic Museum of Durrës

Hammam of Durrës

Venetian Tower

Church of St. Anthony in Cape Rodon

Ishmi Castle

Ethnographic Museum of Kruja

Kurcaj Bridge

Monastery Church in Rubik

Ruins of St. Mary Church

Former Archbishopric of Durrës, Delbnisht

Castle of Lezha

National Library Fund

National Gallery of Arts

National Institute for Cultural Heritage (IKTK)

Albanian National Film Archive