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Restoration and maintenance of historic monuments

by Kraków Heritage team
21.03.2023
Restoration and maintenance of historic monuments Restoration and maintenance of historic monuments
National Fund for the Restoration and maintenance of Historic Monuments managed by a social committee and several hundred monuments renovated with the support of the city. How is Kraków ensuring the protection of its material heritage?
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Shortly after Kraków was inscribed on the World Heritage list, on 18 December 1978, the Social Committee for the Restoration of Kraków Monuments (SKOZK) was established, whose activities focused on the restoration of monuments from the World Heritage area and consisted in their being financed by other Polish cities or industrial enterprises. On the 18th of April, 1985, the Sejm also adopted an act on the establishment of the National Fund for the Restoration of Kraków Monuments (NFRZK), financed by the state budget. The SKOZK became the administrator of this Fund, which today gathers eminent authorities of the Kraków milieu, specialists in the protection and conservation of historical monuments and representatives of the Kraków authorities.

Since the Fund’s establishment, the renovation of monuments in the historic city centre has been carried out systematically and comprehensively within individual building quarters. In recent years, the Fund has had around PLN 30 million (approx. €6 million) at its disposal annually to finance the restoration of the most valuable monuments owned by the State Treasury, the Municipality of Krakow, churches and religious associations and private owners (around 100 projects subsidised at a rate of 45%).

The Social Committee for the Restoration of Kraków’s Historical Monuments and its associated fund were established at a time when the historic centre of Kraków was still a heavily neglected area, subject to the years of deliberate policy of the communist authorities and a poor economic situation in the realities of a centrally planned economy. At the time, however, the system established by the fund was a pioneering tool for the systemic management of an area with a significant number of historic monuments of key importance to the identity of Polish culture, and at the same time an important site of European cultural heritage.

Times have changed, however, many of Krakow’s valuable monuments representing different historical periods in Poland and Europe are still waiting to be restored. Nevertheless, at the same time, the mechanism of social co-management of heritage through SKOZK provides a model that may be implemented in other locations in the country distinguished by valuable ensembles of historic buildings.

SKOZK website

 

MUNICIPAL SUBSIDIES FOR CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION WORKS

Kraków’s monuments also receive regular financial support from the budget of the Municipality of Kraków.

Since 2006, the Municipality of Krakow has been subsidising conservation, restoration and construction works carried out on monuments entered in the register of monuments, and from 2019 onwards also those concerning buildings included in the municipal register of monuments. The main purpose of the subsidies granted by the Municipality is to support the activities of monument owners to ensure proper conservation of Kraków’s historic buildings.

In the period of more than 15 years since the programme was launched, the city has allocated almost PLN 50 million for conservation work. As a result, several hundred historic buildings have been renovated, including such unique buildings as Wit Stwosz’s Altar, the Tyniec Abbey and the Monastery of the Pauline Fathers on Skałka. However, the subsidies mainly benefit Kraków’s tenement houses, which, thanks to the Municipality’s support, are being restored to their former splendour.

The effects of many of these projects can be found in the special Kraków Heritage series available on the city’s official website.

The excerpt on SKOZK and NFRZK uses the text by Halina Rojkowska-Tasak entitled Management in the World Heritage Sites.

Kraków – city of historical monuments – practical information:

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The Municipality co-finances only those restoration works concerning monuments entered in the register of monuments or included in the communal records of monuments located in the Municipality of Krakow. The subsidy is granted only to entities which have legal title to the monument.
Kraków Heritage
Co-financing is provided for work scheduled to be carried out in the year following the year of application. Applications for subsidy are submitted by 31 October of each year – for example, applications for projects planned for 2024 should be submitted by 31 October 2023.
Kraków Heritage
The funding does not include reimbursement, i.e., reimbursement of costs incurred prior to the signing of the agreement with the Municipality. Applications submitted after the deadline, incomplete, unsigned or signed by unauthorised persons will not be considered.
Kraków Heritage
The application can be downloaded from the website of the Municipal Office of the City of Kraków or obtained from the Department of Culture and National Heritage of the Municipal Office of Kraków – Cultural Heritage Division at ul. św. Krzyża 1 in Kraków.
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The application accompanied by the required documents shall be submitted to the President of the City of Kraków through the Department of Culture and National Heritage of the Municipal Office of the City of Kraków (tel. 12-616-1926, email kd.umk@um.krakow.pl)
Kraków Heritage
Before submitting an application, it is advisable to read the resolution of the Kraków City Council, which defines the principles of granting subsidies and the scope of works subject to financing (Resolution No. CII/2665/18 of the Kraków City Council of 23 May 2018, as amended).
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