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    Restoration of Historic Buildings Enhances Cultural Offerings at Malbork Castle

    The recent transformation of the outbuildings at Malbork Castle’s Forecastle into modern spaces marks a significant milestone in preserving the architectural heritage of the site.

    Restoration Project:
    Malbork Castle, a prime example of Gothic architecture in Europe, has undergone centuries of construction, spanning from the 13th to the 15th century. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the castle complex was inscribed on the list due to its outstanding preservation of medieval architecture.

    Transformation of Ruins:
    The project focused on revitalizing the ruins of two agricultural buildings on the Forecastle, damaged during wartime in 1945. Once at risk of complete degradation, these structures have been repurposed into cultural and educational spaces. The first building now houses a museum library and conservation workshop, while the second serves as the Center for Research on the Teutonic Order’s Heritage.

    Accessibility and Inclusivity:
    Significant efforts were made to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities, including the installation of elevators, wheelchair ramps, and induction loops for the hearing impaired. The museum also offers cultural and educational programs tailored to individuals with disabilities.

    Project Partners:
    Partners from donor countries, including the Nordland Museum Foundation and the Municipality of Bodø (Norway), played a crucial role in the project. They provided vocational training in digitization methods, wood conservation technologies, and strategies for promoting heritage conservation. Additionally, joint conferences and temporary exhibitions will further enhance cultural exchange between Bodø and Malbork.

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