Emergency Consolidation of the Northern Wall Part of the Castle of Lezha in Albania
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The Present Past – Former political prisoners return to Spaç to share the stories of survival and shed light into Albania’s dark past

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About Us

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 Culture of Albania. 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

Mosaic on the façade of the National Historical Museum

National Puppet Theatre

Ethnographic Museum in Kavaja

Archaeological Museum in Durres

Ethnographic Museum in Durres

Hamam in Durres

Venetian Tower

St. Anthony Church, Cape of Rodon

Ethnographic Museum in Kruja

The Kurcaj Bridge

Monastery Church of Rubik

Bashtova Castle

Castle of Ishëm

Ruins of St. Mary Church in Mamurras

Building of Formerly Persecuted

Former Archbishopric of Durres, Delbnisht

Ministry of Culture

National Library Fund

National Gallery of Arts