Recovery and Promotion of the Churches of Voskopojë, Albania

In the eighteenth century Voskopojë was an important center of Byzantine culture, but unfortunately in the late 1990s the site was in an alarming state of degradation. Thanks to its contact with local actors, PSF was able to participate in the constitution of an international team of experts who worked on the restoration of the site and on the recovery of some of its churches’ most beautiful frescoes.

  • Église Saint-Athanas, Voskopojë

    Patrimoine sans frontières, en plus de restaurer les fresques murales, a réalisé par procédé photogrammétrique la sauvegarde de ces peintures. © PSF
  • Restauration des peintures murales

    © PSF\Franck Vogel
  • Église Saint-Athanas, Voskopojë

    Fresques murales prises par procédé photogrammétrique. © PSF\Art graphique patrimoine
  • Église Saint-Athanas, Voskopojë

    Fresques murales prises par procédé photogrammétrique. © PSF\Art graphique patrimoine
  • Église Saint-Athanas, Voskopojë

    © PSF
  • Voskopojë, Albanie.

The project

Several economic and political difficulties prevented local actors from developing a serious program of restoration of Voskopojë, and the evident need for recovery motivated PSF to mobilize the international community of experts in order to insure the survival of the site. For the entire duration of the project, the organization positioned itself as the leader of an international team of experts capable of intervening to restore this magnificent cultural heritage. One of our most important actions was the recovery and promotion of the frescoes of the Saint Athanasius church that had been painted by the Zografi brothers at the end of the eighteenth century. Different field-schools were therefore organized in order to restore the frescoes and an entire publication was dedicated to their history.


Location

Duration

Beneficiaries

Publication related

Publication related
Voskopojë, Albania 2001-2010 Local population and visitors of Voskopojë;
young restorers

Balkans Heritage,
Voskopojë without borders

Sixtine des Balkans

 

Goals Achieved

• Alert international experts on the state of the Voskopojë site;
• recover, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the churches of Voskopojë;
• organize field-schools in order to participate in the education of young restorers;
• produce high-quality scientific documentation on the site.

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