Twin Monasteries: Węgrów and Rawa Ruska -

using the potential of the heritage of Reformati Order for development of tourism and socio-cultural life in Poland and Ukraine

The aim of the project "The twin monasteries: Wegrow and Rava Ruska - using the potential of the heritage of Reformati Order for development of tourism and socio-cultural life in Poland and Ukraine" is to increase the attractiveness of the cross-border regions (Poland-Ukraine) for tourism through the creation of the Trail of Observance Monasteries, development of dialogue between cultures by creating the Center for Dialogue of Cultures in Węgrów and the Center for Dialogue of Cultures in Rava Ruska, mutual youth exchanges, organizing conferences and cultural events and promoting the rule of the Franciscan order - love for the most needy - by creating a Family Children's Home in Rawa Ruska.

The project responds to joint challenges:

  • small number of tourists in Węgrów and Rava Ruska in areas attractive for tourists, with outstanding monuments and rich cultural heritage;
  • poor knowledge of the rule of the Observant Franciscan frairs who had an impact on the history of Węgrów and Rava Ruska;
  • poor awareness of the culture and traditions of the neighboring country.

As a result of the implementation of the project, the number of tourists in border regions will increase, and infrastructure for social, cultural and educational activities will be created to promote the culture and traditions of both countries. The main effects are:

  • new cross-border tourist product -The Former Reformati Order’s Monasteries Route;
  • 2 revitalized historic monasteries;
  • providing recipients with facilities of high artistic and cultural values;
  • new functions of monasteries: the Center for Dialogue of Cultures in Węgrów and the Center for Dialogue of Cultures and the Family Orphanage in Rava Ruska;
  • promoting the cultural heritage of the Observant Franciscan frairs;
  • developing a dialogue between Polish-Ukrainian cultures through youth exchanges, scientific conferences and cultural events.

The effects of the project will be used by: tourists, residents, including children and schoolchildren from the areas adjacent to Węgrów and Rava, local organizations, orphaned children from the ATO (war and terrorist area in Ukraine) and western Ukraine, as well as Internet users.

The project is cross-border due to:

  • location of the monasteries in each part of the cross-border region, The Former Reformati Order’s Monasteries Route will be created;
  • cooperation between the centers in Węgrów and Rava Ruska in promoting the culture and traditions of both countries;
  • exchange of good practices in carrying out conservation works of historic monasteries;
  • joint workshops and trainings.

 Target groups and beneficiaries:

  • Domestic and foreign tourists (Węgrów 4,000, Rava 1,000)
  • Residents of the areas around Węgrów (5,000 people) and Rava (2,000)
  • School children and youth interested in the cultural offer of both partners (500 people)
  • Internet users using multimedia products of the project (4000)
  • Local self-governments and organizations (2 centers)
  • Orphaned children of the ATO area (40 people)

The total value of the project is 2 638 872.62 EUR. The project in Węgrów amounts to 1 802 825.77 EUR, co-financing of 1 622 323.20 EUR, and the Parish's own contribution of 180 282.57 EUR. The project in Rava Ruska amounts to 836 046.85 EUR, co-financing of 752 442.12 EUR, Parish's own contribution of 83 604.73 EUR.

Due to the implementation of the project, the parishes will stimulate their activity, especially in education, culture and tourism. The revitalized monastery will provide a richer cultural offer. The Center for Dialogue of Cultures will bestow a new social function upon this historic monument. There will appear a professional conference room, accommodation or workshop rooms. The Center for Dialogue of Cultures will perfectly complement and expand existing activities of, among others, the Museum Exposition "Węgrów - the place where cultures and religions meet" created this year. The infrastructural base will be created, as a result the foregoing activities will have a more professional, orderly and methodical manner. In addition, new people will be employed in the Center for Dialogue of Cultures and those people  will service the entire complex. During the project implementation, the action programme  of the Center for Dialogue of Cultures will be constituted.

The project was submitted in 2016 as part of the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 for the Thematic Aim Heritage. On October 19, 2017, the project was qualified for funding. The grant agreement was executed on May 8, 2018 in Węgrów. The implementation of the project began on August 1, 2019 and will have ended by July 31, 2021.

 

 

The Former Reformati Order’s Monasteries Route

The Former Reformati Order’s Monasteries Route

The Monastery in Węgrów

The Monastery in Rawa Ruska

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