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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Treasures of the cross-border area - preserving cultural heritage

Lead PartnerSociety of Jesus Monastic Home in Stara Wieś (Poland)

Partnership Brzozów Municipality (Poland)
State Historical and Architectural Reserve in Zhovkva (Ukraine)

Total budget3965382,9 €

Programme Contribution3550556,48 €

Duration24 months

Measure1.2. Tourism development

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.02.00-18-373/11

The treasures of cross-border area, which thanks to the joint Polish-Ukrainian project will become must-see spots on tourist routes, include the Jesuit monastery complex with the late Baroque basilica in Stara Wieś in the Podkarpacie region and the seventeenth-century Zhovkva castle in Lviv region. The large investment project, co-financed with European Union funds, aims to preserve the historic architecture of the castle and create tourist and pilgrimage centre in Stara Wieś. The basilica in Stara Wieś towers over the area for 350 years. According to the Inventory of 1729, the church had a new altar with the painting of "Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin Mary". This painting, created probably in 15th century, caused Marian devotion to develop in Stara Wieś. The painting unfortunately was burned in 1968 and replaced by a copy. Although the celebration ceremonies of the Assumption (15 August) and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8 September) still attract 7 to 15 thousand of pilgrims, the place is rarely visited by the tourists. Tourism development is impeded by the lack of infrastructure, in particular coach parking facilities, accommodation and restaurants. These problems will be solved through the implementation of the project.

The investment plans include car park with 68 parking spaces. "Jesuit centre for dialogue and history" is being created for the visitors, including restaurant and shopping complex and information desk. The area around the basilica will be developed into squares and gardens with the elements of small architecture, to emphasize the qualities of the baroque structure. Already in autumn 2015, the first pilgrims and tourists coming to Stara Wieś will have the opportunity to visit another extraordinary garden. Walking on its alleys, they will be able to view the subsequent scenes of biblical events. For example, "Crossing the Red Sea" will consist of two three-meter tall walls, with water flowing down with great impetus to the corridor to the length of 5-6 m. The crossing will lead on a dry path, and the visitors will be able to feel the breeze of the flowing water. The scenery will be enriched with the plants carefully selected to match a given topic.

Zhovkva Castle is a reminder of the common history of Poland and Ukraine. Built at the turn of 16th and 17th century by the Great Crown Hetman Stanisław Żółkiewski, in the period of 1685-1694 the castle became the residence of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski. The two world wars have brought the priceless monument to the brink of ruin. Due to the lack of funds to preserve the building, the planned renovations could have not be moved forward. Within the project, the priority tasks include the completion of the roof reconstruction in the Sobieski Palace, the main structure of the castle, the reconstruction of the courtyard along with installations, as well as the reconstruction of the western tower and the restaurant adjacent to the gallery, completion of restoration works on the eastern tower with the adaptation of rooms to accommodate the museum exhibition, and the creation of the visitor centre. In the future, the palace is to regain its former splendour of the Royal Residence. Period interiors will be restored. An agreement has been concluded with the Lviv Gallery of Fine Arts to restore hundreds of exhibits to the palace. Future image of the palace is being created by the specialists from Lviv, supported by Polish partners from the Museum-Palace in Wilanów, the University of Warsaw, Cracow University of Technology and the National Institute of Warsaw Heritage.¬