660th Anniversary of Zadar Peace Treaty celebrated today at the Monastery of St. Francis

The “Zadar Islands” Elementary School, in cooperation with the Monastery of St. Francis in Zadar and the Municipality of Zadar, symbolically commemorated today the 660th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Zadar Peace, an important historical event that took place just in the sacristy of the Church of St. Francis on February 18, 1358. The Zadar Peace, signed between the Venetian Republic and the Kingdom of Croatia, brought Zadar and the entire Croatian coast and islands the liberation from the Venetian government and marked the social and economic turning point in these areas.

Fr. Stanko Škunca, on behalf of the Monastery of St. Francis briefly acquainted the students with Zadar’s peace and the role of the Franciscans at his signing and invited them to visit the monastery treasury and see the place where Zadar peace was signed. Vladimir Alavanja, a retired curator of the National Museum in Zadar, spoke about the historical and overall social and economic significance of this event, and the director of “Zadar Islands” Elementary School  stressed the importance of this project for children, for the school and for the city at all.

On behalf of the City of Zadar and the European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP) Anita Gržan Martinović, Head of the Department for International Cooperation of Zadar Municipality and Member of the Board of ENPP, praised the work carried out by the “Zadar Islands” Elementary School, its Director Davora Barića, the Coordinator  Anamarija Botica and its numerous collaborators for six consecutive years in the implementation of the project „Museum at school – heritage and culture of peace„ which aimed the promotion of a culture of peace together with the young students. Anita Gržan Martinović also highlighted the fact  this project has found a path to the City of Zadar and the European Network of Places of Peace, particularly because this school program of Commemoration of  Zadar Peace has been incorporated into the programs that the City of Zadar promotes under the aegis of this European association, which brings together places and cities in which the signatures of the end of wars and armed conflicts have been signed, promotes the idea of ​​peace as a common precondition for life and progress, organizes scientific and professional conferences and workshops where, with an interdisciplinary approach, speaks of this topic to all generations and encourages them to be promoters of peace and tolerance in their communitie and in addition, launches joint projects for the promotion of cultural tourism.

Anita Gržan Martinović recalled that in 2012, the City of Zadar hosted the 6th Meeting of the European Network of Places of Peace  and was included in “Places of Peace Routes” project, which is expected to be certified as “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” next April.

A new book on the Peace Treaty of Vasvár was launched

On 14 January 2018, there has been a book presentation in the House of Peace in Vasvár in which several publications were showed to the public, among them the proceedings of the last international conference on the battle of Saint-Gotthard and the peace treaty of Vasvár organized in 2014 both in Szentgotthárd and Vasvár. This new book gathers studies of many relevant specialists of military history (for ex.: István Czigány, Özgür Kolçak, Jean Bérenger) and diplomatic history (for ex.: Jean-Pierre Bois, Ágnes R. Várkonyi). Some studies of the books are dedicated to the most important historical personalities like Raimondo Montecuccoli, Miklós Zrínyi or Jean de Coligny and others represent the everyday life of soldiers. The texts are published in three languages (Hungarian, French and English) with abstracts. Many illustrations, maps help the readers in the better understanding of these historical events. This nice book issued of the cooperation between the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the cities of Szentgotthárd and Vasvár is last scientific synthesis on the peace treaty of Vasvár.

Poppy Day 2017

The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Germany), as a member of the European Network of Places of Peace, commemorated the Poppy Day and at 11am last November 11 some members of the association met at the memorial of the fallen soldiers of the First World War and put down a container decorated with white carnations and of course red poppies following a tradition maintained for several years.
Poppy Day began to be commemorated in Great Britain in honor of fallen and missing soldiers of the First World War, on each 11th November, but it extended many decades ago to all the countries of North and Central Europe, the countries most plagued by the scourge of the First World War.

ENPP met with the Ministry of Tourism of Romania

Youth Forum Romania, member of ENPP and headed by Ms. Lidia Stoichici, met last week in Bucharest with Ms. Steliana Cojocariu, counselor of the Ministry of Tourism of Romania. The meeting analyzed the current state of development of our Network and Places of Peace Route in that country and in Europe, with special emphasis on the current application of the Route for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The commemoration of the 100 Years of the Treaty of Bucharest 1918 and some initiatives that the Route plans to carry out next year – named as European Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission – were other subjects discussed at that meeting that deserved the interest of the Romanian Ministry of Tourism .

ALCAÑICES (Spain) in ENPP

On November 7, the President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, met with the Mayor of the village of Alcañices (Spain), Mr. Jesus Más in order to develop the work of ENPP and Places of Peace Route in this spanish village where was signed the famous “Treaty of Alcañices” between the King Denis of Portugal and King Fernando IV of Castile on September 12, 1297. This Peace Treaty ended a cross-border war begun two years earlier and defined the modern border between the two Iberian countries.
The town of Alcañices keeps alive the memory of this Treaty of Peace with annual celebrations on the date of its signature and which had as high point the year of 1997, the year of its 7th Centenary, with the presence in the town of the King of Spain, D Juan Carlos and the President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaio. The built heritage is in a very reasonable state of conservation, namely the place where the Treaty was signed, in which the Tourist Office and the Municipal Library operate. In the same place an auditorium with capacity for 400 people is being built.
The President of ENPP and the Mayor of Alcañices stressed the importance of the village membership in ENPP and established a plan of future actions to be undertaken within the framework of Places of Peace Route.

ALTRANSTÄDT (Germany) PLANT A “LUTHER TREE”

The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle in Germany, a founding member of ENPP, had the initiative to plant a “Luther tree” in the gardens of that Castle, with the support of the Markranstädt Municipality to which this castle located 15 Kms far from the city of Leipzig belongs.

The plantation of this tree is deeply related to the content of the Altranstädt Convention signed on August 31, 1707 between King Charles XII of Sweden and Joseph I of the Holy Roman Empire which restored and stabilized Lutheranism in that region after the Counter-Reformation period.

HUBERTUSBURG ASSOCIATION AWARDED

Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association, a founding member of the ENPP, was awarded the “Political Place” Prize by the district of Nordsachsen (Germany) for its activity to promote local history and its activity in the construction of ENPP.The Association had already been honored in 2013  with the “Citizenship Prize” awarded by the Government of the Free State of Saxony, Germany.

City of Zadar is world heritage by UNESCO

The city of Zadar, Croatia was included in the list of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO at the 41st Assembly of this United Nations organization held in the Polish city of Krakow. The city of Zadar has been a member of the European Network of Places of Peace since 2011 and is a member of its Board of Directors since 2014, so ENPP presents the whole city of Zadar, in particular to the Municipality of Zadar, the most sincere congratulations on this well-deserved certification.

Youth Forum Romania (Bucharest) joined ENPP

Youth Forum Association logo

Youth Forum Romania, a non-profit organization based in the city of Bucharest, is the latest ENPP member.

The Youth Forum Romania, founded in 2006 by a group of young Romanians with the aim of promoting their rights as young citizens and regarding to play a more active role in Romanian society. This organization will develop the Places of Peace Route in the city of Bucharest and a delegation will be present at the 10th ENPP Meeting in Portugal.

Alcáçovas (Viana do Alentejo), Portugal is the newest member of ENPP

On November 30, 2016, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo (Portugal) unanimously approved the proposal to join the European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP), presented by the Mayor, Mr. Bengalinha Pinto.

With the formalization of this accession, the village of Alcáçovas (parish of Viana county), where it was signed on September 4, 1472, the Treaty that ended the War of Succession of Castile and opened doors to the maritime expansion of Portugal and Spain, will Integrate the Places of Peace Route.

The President of ENPP with the Mayor of Viana do Alentejo and the Mayor of the Parish of Alcáçovas. In background, the Paço dos Henriques (Henriques’s Palace) recently recovered by the Municipality

On February 6, the President of the ENPP met with the Mayor of Viana do Alentejo, Bengalinha Pinto, and the Mayor of the Parish of Alcáçovas, Sara Pajote, to plan the future activities to be held in Alcáçovas , with particular emphasis on the Commemoration of the Signature of the Treaty of Alcáçovas, next September.

The municipality of Viana do Alentejo obtained recently an important funding for the valorization of Paço dos Henriques (Henriques’s Palace) in the village of Alcáçovas. The contract signed on 9 February under the Heritage Valuation Program (Alentejo 2020) worth € 450,000 and will allow to install in that Palace a Museum on its history and heritage as well as on other important valences of the village of Alcáçovas as is the case of “Manufacture of Rattles”, classified as an World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO since 2015.