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The twin monasteries: Węgrów and Rava-Ruska – using the potential of the heritage of Reformati Order for development of tourism and socio-cultural life in Poland and Ukraine

Acronym

TwinMonasteries

NUMBER

PBU1/0658/16

Project type

Regular project

STATUS

During implementation

THEMATIC OBJECTIVE

HERITAGE

PRIORITY

1.1 Promotion of local culture and history

PARTNERSHIP

PL-UA

LEAD BENEFICIARY

Roman Catholic Parish Church of St. Peter of Alcantara and St. Anthony of Padua in Węgrów (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)

BENEFICIARY

Religious Organization “Curia of Lviv Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church” in Ukraine (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)

TOTAL BUDGET 2 638 872.58 € ENI CO-FUNDING 2 374 985.32 €
DURATION 33 months 01.08.2019 - 30.04.2022

Project description

Węgrów and Rava-Ruska, distanced only 360 km, are located on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border. Both possess outstanding historical monuments, including the twin baroque former Reformati Order’s monasteries built by Italian architects from Valsolda, being at the very poor state of preservation nowadays. The Roman Catholic Parish Church of St. Peter of Alcantara and St. Anthony of Padua in Węgrów is still a church, parsonage and kindergarten, but a lot of space there stays unused because of the advanced damage. Destruction of Roman Catholic Church in Rava-Ruska is so serious, that the object is closed for any operation.

The TwinMonasteries project is going to solve these problems by inventing the "Former Reformati Order’s Monasteries Route (FROMR)" which will run through former Reformati objects on the Polish and Ukrainian territories. Two historical sacral buildings will be deeply renovated and adapted for the Centres for Dialogue of Cultures in Węgrów and Rava-Ruska. The revitalization involves construction works in buildings and a church, adaptation and equipping with indispensable devices for accommodation purposes. In both monasteries, a space for social, cultural and educational activities is going to appear as well. In addition, under the Franciscan Order rule Love for the people in need a Family Orphanage in Rava-Ruska will come into being. Due to organization mutual youth exchanges, conferences, a variety of cultural performances and exhibitions in newly established Centres the dialogue between regions and countries become closer and more intensive.

The results of the TwinMonasteries project will promote the culture and traditions of both neighbouring countries increasing the attractiveness of the cross-border area of Poland and Ukraine within residents and tourists.

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