Fifth Meeting of the “Codes of Cultural Heritage” Project: A Milestone in Varna

The fifth meeting of the “Codes of Cultural Heritage” project marked a significant milestone, held over three enriching days in Varna, Bulgaria. This project, which leverages European cultural heritage to foster a sense of citizenship and identity across local, national, and European dimensions, saw its partners converge at the Archeological Museum of Varna – a key participant in this initiative.

The meeting commenced with a series of discussions at the museum. Partners reviewed the project’s progress and shared the exciting news that the long-awaited digital platform is now live. This platform, in development for the past 1.5 years, is designed to be a vital resource for educators, museums, and cultural associations. It aims to preserve and disseminate European cultural heritage, offering tools and materials to support this mission. The day concluded with a guided tour of Varna’s city center, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the local culture and history.

On the second day, the group traveled to the ancient city of Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the coast, Nessebar’s rich history spans four civilizations—Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. The guided tour provided an immersive experience, highlighting the city’s architectural and cultural legacy. Participants marveled at the well-preserved ruins, churches, and buildings, gaining deeper insights into the historical layers that shape European heritage.

The final day of the meeting was reserved for farewells and reflections. Partners discussed future plans to continue promoting and updating the platform with new content. The goal is to expand its reach and impact, ensuring it remains a dynamic and valuable resource. Looking ahead, the project team is gearing up for their final meeting, scheduled to take place in Istanbul in September. This upcoming event will be crucial for consolidating the project’s achievements and planning its future trajectory.

The Varna meeting was not just a testament to the project’s progress but also a celebration of the collective effort to preserve and promote European cultural heritage. The launch of the digital platform represents a pivotal step forward, promising to enhance the accessibility and appreciation of cultural heritage across Europe.