Project “Restoration of wooden churches, enhancement of the “Icon Cycloroute” infrastructure” was supported from the EEA Finacial Mechanism and the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in frame of the Programme Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage & Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage .

5 national cultural monuments and 10 movable national cultural monuments were restored thanks to the project since November 2014 until April 2016. One Jewish cemetery, four wooden churches and movables of three wooden churches. Three of five objects were national cultural monuments in emergency conditions, listed in the central register as monuments without suitably utilization.


Districts Snina and Sobrance are underdeveloped, depopulated. For small municipalities which are also ethnically and religiously mixed is difficult to maintain good condition of monuments. Jewish monuments are endangered because no Jews live in the region. Marketing activities are not coordinated together with the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians listed UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Objectives of the project

Preserve the cultural heritage of minorities in ethnically and religiously mixed area.

It’s effective use for economic development of region.

Exchange the knowledge in good management of monuments.

Joint promotion of World Heritage sites in both regions.

Project outputs

4 renovated wooden churches in Hrabová Roztoka, Šmigovec, Topoľa, Inovce

1 renovated Jewish cemetery in Topoľa

10 restored icons in churches of Hrabová Roztoka, Inovce, Ruská Bystrá

Project duration

November 2014 – April 2016

Project partners

The final beneficiary of the project is the non-profit organisation Carpathian Wooden Churches with its headquarters in Snina, which realised the project together with 6 project partners:

Carpathian Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Stakčín

Municipality Topoľa

Greek-Catholic Church, Parish Topoľa

Greek-Catholic Church, Parish Šmigovec

Greek-Catholic Church, Parish Ruský Hrabovec

Greek-Catholic Church, Parish Podhoroď

Financing of project

Total eligible costs: 295 809 EUR

Grant from EEA Financial Mechanism and the State Budget of the Slovak Republic: 266 228 EUR (90 %)

Co-financing of financial beneficiary and partners: 29 581 EUR (10 %), thereof 20 000 EUR Carpathian Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, 9 012 EUR Carpathian Wooden Churches, NGO and 569 EUR Municipality Topoľa

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