Building the bridge of tourism - blend of common heritage

Project code:CB006.1.21.104
Project call:CB006.1
Priority axis / Specific objective:2.1 Enhancing the tourism potential of the region through cooperation initiatives in better preservation and sustainable utilization of natural and cultural heritage
Type of project:Investment
Project duration in months:18
Project final contract amount:498301.66 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:24.10.2016
Project end date:23.04.2018
Project intervention field:095 Development and promotion of public cultural and heritage services
Project summary:

The idea of the project is to build a modern tourist information center in the municipality of Staro Nagorichane and reconstruction of the unique cultural monument - the medieval church "St. Archangel Michael ”in the town of Rila. Through the "Tourist Bridge" from the past to the present to create various other forms of tourist products based on common intangible cultural values - legends, folklore, crafts.
The aim of the project is to diversify tourism products through joint cooperation in the cross-border region.

The completed construction activities under the project are:
- renovation of the old cooperative building in the village of Mlado Nagorichane and delivery of the necessary technological equipment for the tourist information center;
- Carrying out an architectural restoration of the church "St. Archangel Mikhail ".

The achieved results are:
- making professional videos and photos for the exhibition  galleries of the tourist information center; conducting vocational and practical training in local crafts of local women in the educational center;
- delineation of an exhibition area for needlework and crafts in the tourist information center;
- developed two fun games in the form of mobile applications telephones;
- developed website containing - section for the current project and news about the progress of the project, information about CBC in the field of cultural heritage, advertising of the created attractions, providing the necessary visualization of the two investment sites and the cross-border tourist offer;
- Conducted two-day promotional tours, including final event  with participants from various stakeholders in the field of cultural tourism / with participants including from Bulgaria / at the end of the project - one tour organized by the municipality of Staro Nagorichane and one tour organized by the municipality of Rila.



Leading partner
Municipality of Staro Nagoricane
North-east region
Municipality of Rila