The Foundation is now a partner in Religiana, the European-wide database on religious heritage. The agreement means its archive will now include information from the Foundation’s own Historic Synagogues mapping project.
Religiana summarises its mission: ‘Europe is home to several hundred thousand churches, chapels, mosques, synagogues, abbeys and other religious sites. For visitors, they are places of cultural, artistic and historical wonder. For local people, they are places of community heritage, shared space and local history. Many contain hidden artistic gems.
Religiana, a project created by Future for Religious Heritage, is a comprehensive resource to promote and protect European religious heritage. Featuring information on buildings from across Europe, Religiana serves two purposes: it promotes these buildings as beautiful and unique places to visit and facilitates visits by sharing practical information with users; whilst also helping preserve European heritage through highlighting restoration and financial needs.
75% of Europeans believe that religious heritage buildings occupy an essential place in their cultural heritance. Religiana not only allows greater numbers of people to experience and appreciate these sites, it helps promote the maintenance and restoration work that these buildings may require in order to stay open.’
Visit the Religiana website for more and rediscover the Historic Synagogues of Europe mapping project at http://historicsynagogueseurope.org/synagogue-home.