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Carpathian Troy Open-Air Museum ready in 2011

  • In Trzcinica, one of the most important archaeological sites in Poland is being turned into an open air museum in order to protect the historic site and make it available for tourists.


    According to project manager Dawid Iwaniec, the Carpathian Troy museum will be the first major tourist attraction in the region and is expected to contribute to development on both the regional and local level in the district of Jasło.

    "We are expecting tens of thousands of tourists here every year. Moreover, 20 people have so far been employed in the Open Air Museum, and numerous new jobs will be created within catering and accommodation to provide visitors with basic services", Iwaniec said.

    4000 year old settlement

    The village Trzcinica in south-eastern Poland has been a location for archaeological research and excavations for 20 years. Remains of a defensive settlement dated to the Bronze Age, as early as 2100 B.C., have been found here, as well as an early medieval stronghold. The latter consists of a central court and three wards, which together cover an area of more than 3.5 hectares of land. All parts of the stronghold were defended by earthworks, which in some places are still as high as 10 metres. More than 160 000 artefacts have been discovered on the site.

    In October 2007, works began to turn the archeological site into a tourist-friendly open air museum. The majority of the costs were covered with a €1.7 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The 8 hectares large complex today consist of the stronghold and an archeological park of the settlement with reconstructed villages, including cottages, earthworks and gateways, and a modern exhibition pavilion.

    Major flood damage caused delayed opening

    The Carpathian Troy museum was scheduled to open in July 2010, but a major flood occurred just before the opening and put the museum and a wide area surrounding it under 1-2 metres of water. The flood severely destroyed the area of the archaeological park. Considerable damages to façades, floors, and furniture made it necessary to postpone the opening ceremony until June next year.

    The Carpathian Troy Open-Air Museum is a branch of the Subcarpathian Museum in Krosno.

    Photo: The Carpathian Troy Open-Air Museum.

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    Project title:

    The Carpathian Troy Open-Air Museum, Trzcinica: A Regional Tourist Attraction

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project duration:

    51 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,612,324

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    07 February 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to create a new cultural and tourist attraction, with the overall objective to enhance the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the Voivodeship of Sub-Carpathia, and the protection of a European cultural heritage site. Reference is made to the application dated 18 March 2006, as well as additional information provided by the Focal Point on 9 June 2006 and 19 September 2006.

    The Grant will finance the establishment of an archaeological open-air museum, including an exhibition pavilion on the site of the most ancient Early Bronze Age fortified settlements in Poland. The main activities will consist of the construction of the exhibition pavilion, lying out of the archaeological park, the construction of roads and inner road network and the construction of the stronghold precinct. To carry out these works a contract engineer will be selected through a tendering procedure. Other activities will be publicity campaigns, mounting of the exhibition, and evaluation and monitoring at the end of the implementation phase.

    The Project Promoter is the Sub-Carpathian Museum in Krosno.

    The Project Promoter shall provide at least 15% of the estimated eligible project costs.