This project on Balkan Architecture aimed at:

• Awarning European citizens on the European value of this architectural heritage and improve their knowledge.
• Contributing to the recognition of a common cultural heritage, beyond the borders, and to the feeling of the European identity.

This project took place during 2002-2003 and was initiated and leaded by APARE-Association pour la Participation et l’Action Regionale. It was supported by the European Commission, Program CULTURE 2000.

The Mediterranean Center of Environment organised a moving workshop for young European students in architecture, history, fine arts, photo and video art. During more than three weeks, participants from six different eastern and western European countries, travelled all over the Balkans to witness and highlight the richness and the diversity of the architectural heritage of the Region.

The MCE also contributed to the edition of a book, ARCHITECTURE IN THE BALKANS: VARIED PERSPECTIVES. The book presents the impressions and discoveries of the young artists and architects through photos, paintings and sketches.

“To order the book”


The partnership gathers NGOs and Universities from France, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey:

APARE_Logo APARE, France – project leader

BAAT, National Association for the Cultural Tourism, Bulgaria

  • Traditional Balkan Architecture Institute, in local partnership with Veria Municipality
  • University Professional Institute of Avignon, France
  • University of Bilgi, Turkey