YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—A Regional Center for Restoration of Monuments will be established in Armenia within the framework of Armenian-Italian cultural cooperation. Architect Rita Gonelli from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gaianè Casnati, head of the “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Armenia” program, and Maria Cristina Zambrano of the Politecnico di Milano have arrived in Armenia to discuss the details with officials and experts. Members of the delegation have already held a meeting with Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan.
The “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Armenia” program co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Politecnico di Milano became the winner of a Europa Nostra Award 2015. The establishment of the Regional Center for Restoration of Monuments will be the next step.
“Armenia’s rich cultural legacy lies in the basis of the program. Your cultural field is truly broad and requires huge efforts and work,” said Gonelli.
“Huge work has been done in the field of restoration of monuments within the framework of Armenian-Italian cooperation, but there is still a lot to be done,” she added.
Italian experts say the Armenian policy of restoration of monuments is closest to that of Italy; this is the reason behind the idea of establishing a reconstruction center in Armenia.