Pula 2021: Sustainable valorisation of the fortified heritage



Online conference on European best practice
6. Mai 2021


The joint scientific committee FORTE CULTURA / EFFORTS organised an evaluation conference on SUSTAINABLE VALORISATION OF FORTED HERITAGE under the auspices of Juraj Dobrila University in Pula (HR). The online conference aims to support the cultural heritage of fortified monuments by sharing and discussing best practices across Europe on various topics. The aim is to develop an international and multidisciplinary scientific and research network and to exchange information and experiences related to EUROPEAN BEST PRACTICES in the field of fortified monument management and development.


The conferene programme included five focal points:

  • Pula’s Fortification System as example for the needed development processes of a major for-tress system
  • Inventory and Building Research
  • Restoration and Monument Protection, Con-version and Sustainable Utilization
  • City and Regional Development
  • Tourism development and implementation
  • Preparation of possible World Heritage nomina-tions/ applications


The conference was recorded online. The video with all the contributions can be found on our YouTube channel.

A summary Report (EN) contains all information about the speakers as well as the abstracts of the speeches, including the greetings at the beginning of the event.



List of presentations:

Models of Sustainable Valorisation of Fortified Heritage

Kristina Afrić Rakitovac / Nataša Urošević (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, HR)


The Visible Future of 'Fortress Pula'

Sunčica Mustač / Katarina Marić (Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria)


“Process Pula Underground” 2001-2021

Breda Bizjak (DAI – SAI Association of Istrian Architects)


Fort Verudela - Experiences in Reconstruction and Revitalization for the Aquarium Purposes

Milena Mičić (Aquarium Pula)


Fortification Architecture in Brijuni National Park

Snežana Smolić (NP Brijuni)


Province of Trento: Catalogue of Austro-Hungarian fortifications and Fort Cadine's candidacy for the European Heritage Label (video)

Fiorenzo Meneghelli (Istituto Italiano dei Castelli, sezione Veneto, IT); Giuseppe Ferrandi (Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino)


Šibenik as Croatian and European best practice in fortified heritage management

Josip Pavić (Fortress of Culture Šibenik, HR)


Rehabilitation of Fortress Kraków and Fortress Przemyśl with the reference to other fortresses in Poland as example of synergy in fortification rehabilitation

Krzysztof Wielgus / Anna Staniewska (Institute of Landscape Architecture of the Kracow University of Technology, PL)


FORTE CULTURA – Cultural Route of Fortified Monuments; Sustainable fortress tourism as key for utilisation and economic effects

Dirk Röder (FORTE CULTURA ass. – Network of the Culture Route Fortified Monuments, DE)


Fortified heritage of Kotor/Montenegro. Process of preparation of transnational World Heritage nominations

Ilija Lalošević (University of Montenegro, Faculty of Architecture); Milica Nikolić (National Commission of Montenegro for UNESCO)