Europa Nostra Awards 2016 ceremony in Madrid

Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Cambridgeshire wins Grand Prix at the European Heritage Awards

On 24 May 2016 in Madrid, the winners of the 2016 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, presented the seven Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award, chosen from among the 28 winning projects of this year.

Among the seven Grand Prix laureates, selected by independent expert juries and entitled to receive €10,000 each, included one UK winner: Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire.

The Gothic Tower in the park of Wimpole Hall is a pseudo-medieval ruin of a castle and the jury applauded its clever restoration and the careful preservation of this designed ruin.

The restoration of The King's Little Pathway in El Chorro gorge in Spain won the Public Choice Award, chosen by the general public selected it as their favourite heritage project in Europe.

Heritage organisations or projects can now submit an entry for the Europa Nostra Awards 2017. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2016.

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Photo: Europa Nostra Awards 2016 ceremony in Madrid