Saving Czech cultural heritage
With Norwegian support the Benedictine Monks are able to restore one of the oldest libraries and monasteries in Moravia.
Shut down in 1950 to serve as a military storage facility, the monastery in Rajhrad was on the verge of ruin when the Benedictine monks regained control in 1990. In addition to taking up their normal activities, the abbey had to begin the long, slow process of restoring their cultural heritage.
-Over the last eleven years we have worked to collect financial support for our work with restoring the buildings and taking care of the library collections. I collect drops, and the contribution from Norway is the largest drop so far, said the head of the monastery, Abbot Ladislav Augustin Gazda.
Through Norway Grants, Norway is supporting the monastery with a €300,000 grant. The support will be used to reconstruct parts of the northern wing, which will enable the completion of the library exhibition. The Benedictine Abbey Rajhrad manages one of the oldest library collections in the region, counting 65,000 historical books.
Besides therapeutic and rehabilitation classes, practical training on job performance will be held at a small café in the school and at workshops involving local employers. Examples of activities the students may choose to do in the local community include assisting elderly people, gardening and carpentry works, making souvenirs, washing cars and handling office activities.
Accessible cultural heritage
In spite of the scars wrought by decades of decay, the monastery has already become a must-see place for tourists and has strong support in the local community. The renovation works supported by Norway will give locals and tourist access to the northern wing and the renovated rooms will be used for temporary exhibitions, lectures and other cultural events.
The Benedictine Abbey Rajhrad, Museum of Literature in Moravia; Exhibition Spaces – 2nd Above-ground
Conservation of European cultural heritage
Type & project assistance:
Benediktinské opatstv¥ Rajhrad (Benedictine Abbey Rajhrad)
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
19 February 2007
The purpose of the Project is to increase the existing capacity of the Museum of Moravian Literature located in the premises of the Benedictine Abbey in Rajhrad enabling the completion of the permanent exhibition, with the overall objective of preserving an immovable monument thereby making it and the collections accessible to the public. Reference is made to the application, dated 06 February 2006, and email correspondence with the Focal Point dated 21 March 2006 and 29 September 2006, and additional information provided by the Project Promoter attached to the appraisal report, dated 01 June 2006.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
• renovation of the second floor of the northern wing, including surfacing, carpentry, central heating, sanitary installations, wiring, air conditioning, etc.;
• reconstruction of the staircase from the first to the second floor of the northern wing and renovation of corridors; and
• renovation/installation of infrastructure.
The Project Promoter is the Benedictine Abbey Rajhrad.
The South Moravian Region shall provide at least 15 per cent of the estimated eligible project cost.
The Project has two partners, the Nadace Ora et Labora and the Muzeum Brnenska. The Muzeum Brnenska will ensure the purchase and placement of the interior equipment of the exhibition spaces, tasks which fall outside the scope of the Project. Nadace Ora et Labora will provide voluntary support in terms of consultancy and implementation of the publicity activities.