The United States has allocated a grant of nearly $ 800.000 from the Cultural Heritage Ambassadors Fund to restore the monuments of Kruja, Durres and Preza, which were damaged by the November 26 earthquake.
American Ambassador Yuri Kim and Culture Minister Elva Margariti were in Kruja yesterday, June 23, where the $ 800.000 grant agreement was signed.
“Today we mark the beginning of the restoration project of cultural sites damaged by the earthquake of 26 November in Kruja, Durres and Preza as part of the project of the US Ambassadors for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (AFCP) project.
Since its inception in 2001, the Ambassadors' Fund for Cultural Heritage has provided financial support for over 1.000 projects in over 125 countries worldwide. These commitments show how deeply the United States respects the cultural heritage of other countries.
In Albania, we have collaborated on numerous projects through this fund, including the restoration of Gallery no. 3 of Gjirokastra Castle, the documentation of Albanian iso-polyphonic music, as well as the conservation of the Clock Tower in Tirana.
Today we sign a grant of nearly $ 800.000 for the restoration of the fortifications of Kruja, Durres and Preza. I am pleased to note that this is our biggest project of the Ambassadors' Fund for Cultural Heritage in Albania to date, "said the US Ambassador.
Ambassador Kim has announced that this project will last two years and the works will begin with the C Tower of Durres, to then continue with the works at the Tekke di Dollma in Kruja, the medieval castle of Preza and the clock tower of the Kruja castle. .
"All these countries have an extraordinary cultural value and I am particularly happy to sign this Memorandum for the implementation of the grant here in Kruja, which is the home of Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania," said the ambassador.
Thanking the ambassador on behalf of the Albanian government, the Minister of Culture, Margariti said that “Memory conservation is one of the most important missions of humanity, and therefore of the Albanian government, together with the reconstruction of the areas affected by the earthquake. Based on the vision for the future, for a better life, we are working to rebuild these monuments ".
The earthquake in Albania
On 26 November 2019, a violent earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Albania causing 51 deaths, more than a thousand injured, 14.000 injured and tens of thousands of damaged buildings (a large part seriously damaged or destroyed).
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