On September 21st the bells will ring across Europe

This Tuesday, 21st of September, celebrates 40 years of the institution by the General Assembly of the United Nations of the International Day of Peace.
To mark this date, the European civic association “Europa Nostra” has launched a Europe-wide initiative called “Ringing the Bells for Peace&Heritage” which consists of a simultaneous ringing of bells at 12:00 (Time of Central Europe)  in hundreds of towns and cities across Europe, also coinciding with the 2021 European Cultural Heritage Conference in Venice (Italy).
Since this initiative fits into the main objectives of the association, namely with regard to the dissemination of a culture of peace and the defense of the Heritage of Peace, the European Network of Places for Peace (ENPP) joined the initiative of “Europa Nostra” and encouraged its members to actively participate in it on 21 September.
Thus, at the same time as many other places in Europe, the bells will also ring at least in the following places in our Network: Alcáçovas, Portugal (Igreja Matriz), Évora Monte, Portugal (Igreja de S. Pedro), Hubertusburg Castle, Wermsdorf, Germany (Catholic Church), Trencin, Slovakia, Zadar, Croatia and  Kaynardzha, Bulgaria.
Anyone wishing to join the initiative in these places will simply publish a photograph or video captured during the period in which the bells will ring on Social Media, mentioning the hashtag #Ringingthebells.

As announced, a new exhibition was inaugurated last Saturday, September 11, at Hubertusburg Castle (Wermsdorf, Germany) entitled “My Hubertusburg” in a joint project by the Municipality of Wermsdorf and the Dresden State Art Collection and will be on display at that space until November 7th.

The Castle of Hubertusburg, whose Friendship Association is a founding member of the ENPP, is located in the region of Saxony and was the scene of several important historical events, including the signature of the “Peace of Hubertusburg” that ended the Seven Years’ War, one of the bloodiest European wars.

For these reasons, but also for the various uses that this Castle has had since its construction, there is a very deep connection with the population of the German city where it is located (Wermsdorf) and the exhibition now inaugurated is intended to be a showcase of stories, memories, feelings and relationship of the people of Wermsdorf with “their” castle. Therefore, the exhibition consists of around 100 objects from private owners in Wermsdorf as well as various works of art from the Dresden State Collection, complemented by a presentation of the history of Hubertusburg Castle.

The exhibition is divided into 6 rooms of the Castle of Hubertusburg, each of them subject to a theme, and one of these rooms is entirely dedicated to the importance of this Castle as a “place of peace”, to the work of its Friendship Association and its connection to the European Network of Places of Peace since its foundation in 2010. This room is decorated with the well-known phrase by Rosa Luxemburg “I feel at home all over the world where there are clouds and birds and human tears” and an audio recording is available in which Ulf Müller, member of the Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association and Vice-President of ENPP, explains the work of his Association related to peace, namely its activity as a member of the European Network of Sites for Peace (ENPP).

This exhibition, which precedes a vast set of initiatives and exhibitions already scheduled for the next 4 years, is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10 am and 6 pm.


The Municipality of Viana do Alentejo and the Association European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP), within the scope of a Protocol established between the two entities, today submitted to the Regional Directorate of Culture of Alentejo (Portugal) a transnational application for the European Heritage Label (EHL) with the common name “Places of Peace” which includes, in addition to the Paço dos Henriques, in Alcáçovas (Portugal), six more sites located in six Member States of the European Union, possessing a Common Immaterial Heritage since in all of them relevant Peace Treaties were signed.
The European Heritage Label (EHL), established in 2011 by Decision No. 1194/2011 / EU of the European Parliament and the European Council, aims to distinguish sites that represent a strong European symbolic value and which give visibility to both common  European  history and the construction of the European Union (EU) as well as the European values ​​and human rights that underpin the process of European integration.
The application was submitted in the category of “transnational site”, that is, a site that combines several sites located in different Member States that focus on a specific theme and includes, in addition to Paço dos Henriques (Portugal) as the applicant coordinater site, the Historical Complex of Alcañices (Spain), the Castle of Trencin (Slovakia), the House of Peace of Vasvár (Hungary), the Monastery of S. Francisco of Zadar (Croatia), the Park of the Historical Fountain of Kaynardzha (Bulgaria) and the Cotroceni National Museum in Bucharest (Romania).


Photo: António Padeirinha (Municipality of Viana do Alentejo) and Eduardo Basso (ENPP)