On the 4th of September, the village of Alcáçovas (Portugal) celebrates the 543rd anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Alcáçovas, signed between the Kingdoms of Portugal and Castile, which put an end to the so-called “War of the Succession of the Throne of Castile”. ” and defined for the first time the division of the world between these two kingdoms and opening the door to the maritime expansion of the two peninsular kingdoms.
The Commemorations of the Treaty of Alcáçovas (also known as the Treaty of Alcáçovas/Toledo) will take place from 5 pm at Paço dos Henriques (place where the peace negotiations took place) and its Program includes an Official and Institutional Ceremony, a Historical Recreation by the Scenic Group of “Sociedade União Alcaçovense” and at 6 pm an Exhibition entitled “O Paço dos Henriques: History and Memory”, by Fátima Farrica will be inaugurated. The Celebrations end with a Medieval Music concert by the group “Barro Negro” at 9 pm.
The Commemorations of the Treaty of Alcáçovas are part of the Cultural Week program of that Portuguese village and are an organization of the Parish of Alcáçovas, a member of the ENPP and the Sociedade União Alcaçovense, with the support of the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo and Evoramonte Castle Friendship Association, both members of the ENPP.

The Municipality of Estremoz (Portugal), a member of ENPP,  informs that as of this month of June, as a cultural offer, guided visits to the Castle of Évoramonte, which includes the medieval urban centre, the Tower/Paço Ducal, the Churches and the Interpretive Center of the Convention of Évora Monte.
Two daily visits will be available, at 10:30 am and 4:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday, in Portuguese, English, French or German.
Interested parties can make an appointment by calling (+351) 268950025 or by e-mail: museu.municipal@cm-estremoz.pt, or simply go to the Torre/Paço Ducal of Évora Monte at one of the indicated times.
Visits are free and will run from June to September.

In a symbolic ceremony held today in Évora Monte (Portugal), the management of the main monument in this town (the Tower/Paço) has definitively passed into the hands of the Municipality of Estremoz, a member of the ENPP.
The key to this monument, classified as a Portuguese National Monument since 1911, was handed over by the Regional Director of Culture of Alentejo, Dr. Paula Amendoeira, to the Mayor of Estremoz, Prof. José Daniel Sadio (in the photo).
With this transfer of management, the conditions are created for a more frequent and adequate use of this important space in the Castle of Évora Monte, the place where the Convention that ended the bloody Civil War that Portugal knew in the first quarter of the 19th century was signed.
During the session, a Cultural Development Plan for the Castle of Évora Monte was also presented, which, among other actions, provides for regular guided tours to the main places of interest in the site, namely the Tower/Paço, the Convention House and the Évora Monte Convention Interpretive Center, the Santa Maria Church and the Misericórdia Chapel.
In the Tower/Paço, consisting of 3 floors, there will be a temporary exhibition room, an exhibition about this monument and a museum of medieval tombstones.

A truck with 24 tons of equipment and essential goods left the city of Estremoz (Portugal) on March 12 for the city of Khotyn (Ukraine), both partner cities of the European Network of Sites of Peace (ENPP).
This solidarity shipment of goods and equipment responded to an appeal by the Mayor of Khotyn, Mr. Andryi Dranchuk, made to all its international partners, including ENPP and had the support of the Municipality of Estremoz, numerous local companies or simple citizens and was transported free of charge by a transport company based in the Municipality of Estremoz , the company “Ricardo Pico Transportes“.
Equipment and goods destined for Khotyn, a city located on the right bank of the Dniester River where the fighting is not felt like in other regions of Ukraine but which has received thousands of displaced persons, were unloaded near the border of Siret (Romania) in past the 17th of March.

By decision of its City Council on 26 November 2021, the city of Khotyn, Ukraine, made official its membership of the European Network of Places for Peace, thus expanding to 10 the number of European countries that comprise it.

The city of Khotyn, with a population of about 11,000 inhabitants, is located in the southwest of Ukraine and has a rich architectural heritage, in which stands out the Khotyn Fortress on the banks of the Dniester River, built in 1325 (picture) and of important historical heritage, namely, the signing of the Treaty of Khotyn (1621) which ended the Polish-Ottoman War of 1620-1621.

A delegation from the city of Khotyn, headed by its Mayor, Mr. Andriy Dranchuk, had already participated in person in the 13th European Meeting of ENPP held between 14 and 17 October 2021, in the German city of Markranstädt.

An informative page about this new member of the Association will soon be available on the ENPP official website.

By the 9th consecutive year, the city of Zadar celebrated the anniversary of the signing of its Peace Treaty, organized by the Municipality of Zadar, the Monastery of S. Francisco, the University of Zadar and the Museum “Heritage and Peace” of the Primary Schools “Islands of Zadar”.

This year, due to the pandemic, the celebrations were more limited with regard to public participation but did not fail to count on the participation of students from the St. Benedito Secondary School, the “Blagoje Bersa” Music School and the Primary School “Zadar Islands” as well as the Theater Group   “Posedarje ” with a historical representation of the signing of the Treaty of Zadar in the environment of the place where it was signed – the sacristy of St. Francis Monastery.

During the celebrations, it was also possible to listen to the welcoming speeches by the priests Stanko Škunca and Andrija Bilokapić, the testimonies of the Mayor of Zadar, Mr. Branko Dukić, of the Director of the Primary School “Zadar Islands”,Mr. Davor Barić  and Prof, Dr. Antun Nekić, from the Department of History at the University of Zadar and member of the Scientific Council of the European Network of Places of Peace, of which the city of Zadar has been a member since 2011.

Professor Anamarija Botica Miljanović also spoke about the connection of the Primary School “Zadar Islands” with these Commemorations and Anita Gržan-Martinović, Head of the Department of International Relations of the City of Zadar and member of the Board of the ENPP on the role of the city on the European Network of Places of Peace.

Special mention should be made to the speech of the Mayor, Mr Branko Dukić, addressed to the citizens of Zadar and the President of the European Network of Places of Peace, in which he highlighted that “the city of Zadar is a member of many international organizations and associations, but the European Network of Places of Peace has a special place, because the idea that unites us in this association has a universal and lasting value. Its main mission is the preservation and cultivation of peace, promoting knowledge of our history, cultural and social heritage, traditions and customs, but also of natural beauty, defending a better life for all of us and for future generations.

Zadar proudly celebrates the 663rd anniversary of the signing of peace, in the same place where it was signed, in an environment of peace and Franciscan spirituality. We are celebrating this historic event more than 600 years later, due to its positive effect on our city and region, including children and young people so that the memory of Zadar Peace will last and stay alive.”

All the events of this year’s Celebrations’ rich program have been recorded and a commemorative video will be released to disseminate through the media and social networks in order to be accessible to all who were unable to participate personally this year, due to the circumstances of the pandemic.

The President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, sent a greeting to these Celebrations in which he defended that “our Europe is truly more Europe of health, more Europe of citizens, more Europe of peace, because that is exactly the path of Europe and the path of peace”.


Source: https://www.grad-zadar.hr/vijest/opce-vijesti-28/663-obljetnica-potpisivanja-zadarskog-mira-6573.html


The Municipality of Vasvár, member of ENPP,  organizes every year on August the „Day of Peace” in memory of the peace treaty signed on 10th August 1664, after the victory over the Ottoman-turkish army forces, and this year’s Day of Peace was held on 15th August, 2020.

The aim of this event was to present the peace treaty and its historical implications to the general public with cultural and enertaining programs for everyone.

Those who attended the Square were greated by Mr. Tóth Balázs, Mayor of Vasvár, and the announcement of the results of this year’s wine competition and award ceremonies took place.  On this great day wine flowed from the well of the town.

After a toast in the main square the participants walked over to the nearby House of Peace, where, in its courtyard various programs took place: concert, puppet theatre for children, guided tour of fine arts in the House of Peace. The Day of Peace ended up with a stunning firework show,  with great success and good experiences.

The peace treaty signed in Vasvár is of a great significance in the life of city and its people  is very proud to be able  to inherit the site of such an important peace treaty and to commemorate this significant event year after year.

The “Hubertusburger Peace Talks”, which have been organized every two years since 2006 by the Friends of Hubertusburg Castle, founding member of ENPP, will take place on September 19 in Hubertusburg Castle (Saxony, Germany), where one of the most important peace treaties of the end of the well-known “Seven Years War” was signed.

Under the general theme “30 Years of German Unity – Curse or Blessing?“, this year’s event will focus on three different moments on that day:

Starting at 10 a.m., a “STATIO for Peace” will take place in the Catholic chapel of the Hubertusburg Castle. It will be moderated by Ulf Müller, member of the board of the German association and vice-president of ENPP, and will be attended by representatives of 6 different religious denominations who will speak about the role of diversity of faith and spiritual exchange in peace building.

Starting at 11.30 a.m. the prizes of the “Youth Peace Prize” will be awarded, which is the 6th edition of an initiative that encourages young Germans to write, sculpt and paint on the topic of “peace”. The presentation of these prizes as well as the present edition of the “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will be presided over by the President of the Friends of Hubertusburg Castle, Dr. Wolfgang Kohler, and the Mayor of Wermsdorf, Matthias Müller, followed by a visit to the exhibition of the award-winning works.

After lunch, the “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will begin in the castle’s Culture Hall, moderated by Dr. Ine Dippmann, with contributions from Werner Rellecke, Saxon State Centre for Political Education, Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Tobias Hollitzer, member of the Council of the Citizens’ Committee of the City of Leipzig, Dr. Judith Enders, member of the board of the association “Perspektive Hoch 3” and Henning Homann, member of the State Parliament of the Free State of Saxony.

The “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will end with a discussion between the speakers and the audience on the topic chosen for this year.

Today, 541 years have passed since the signing on September 4, 1479, at Paço dos Henriques, in Alcáçovas (Portugal), of the Peace Treaty between the crowns of Castile and Portugal which  ended the War of the Succession of the Kingdom of Castile. This important treaty was also responsible for defining for the first time the areas of influence of territorial, economic and cultural expansion of the two Iberian crowns, fifteen years later consolidated with the signing of the well-known Treaty of Tordesillas.

By the Treaty of Alcáçovas an imaginary line was drawn at the level of the 27th parallel, which defined the division of the domain of the seas between the two Iberian Crowns: to the north for the Spanish crown and to the south for the Portuguese crown. Spain received the Canary Islands while Portugal gained recognition of its dominion over the island of Madeira, the archipelago of Azores, Cape Verde and the coast of Guinea.

To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of this historic treaty, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo, Portugal (Member of ENPP and headquarters of the municipality to which the village of Alcáçovas belongs today) organizes during this month of September a cycle of four conferences that will take place in Paço dos Henriques, the place where the Treaty was negotiated and signed and which underwent important recovery and improvement works from 2016 to today.

This cycle begins precisely today, at 5 pm, with a conference on the theme “Revisiting Alcáçovas – Toledo. New perspectives of approach to the diplomatic documentation of the treaty ”, given by Dr. Maria Barreto Dávila, from the Humanities Center of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CHAM).

The cycle of conferences will end on September 26 and can be followed online through live streams on the page of Facebook of the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo.

The members of the Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Förderverein Schloß Altranstädt e.V.) in Germany, a founding member of ENPP, distributed more than 200 community masks produced by their own means to the local population.

The masks were fully sewn by the ladies who are members of the Association and all of them were identified with the Association’s name and logo.

The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle is a non-profit association founded with the aim of restoring this castle located in the Municipality of Markransträdt (Leipzig) and in which the so-called “Peace of Altranstädt” was signed on 24 September 1706  which reintroduced religious freedom in the Saxony region after the Counter-Reformation.

The distribution of masks is a small gesture of solidarity, but in this pandemic situation COVID-19 takes on particular significance.