Specialists warn a cultural heritage devastation

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 20, 2019 14:12

Specialists warn a cultural heritage devastation

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  • Archeology specialists have warned that the ministerial system in service of bidding, their negligence, and the lack of specialists in institutions have led to a deterioration of cultural monuments.

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TIRANA, Apr. 18- According to specialists there are numerous damages in the field of cultural heritage in the country. Even today on the International Day of Cultural Monuments and Archeological Sites, they claim that the responsibility for these damages is upon the inheritance institutions. Specialists say the inheritance system in the country is more about bidding than protecting monuments.

Academician Emin Riza emphasizes that the unique values of our heritage should be protected, but according to him after the 1990s the institutions in the country have a significant decline in the protection of monuments.

“Construction monuments of the culture of the entire protection, cult, housing and others are unrepeatable historic-cultural values. As such, these unique values should be preserved both by their protection bodies as well as from all citizens,” affirms academician Riza.

Academician Emin Riza who is the writer of the Gjirokastra and Berat files in UNESCO, added that conservation interventions in the monuments were not enough. He said that the Ministry of Culture Institutions have a significant decline in the activity for the protection of monuments since 1990, and especially the Ministry of Culture, which is supposed to deal with the protection and restoration of monuments, should take a triple care of what it has shown today. Riza said that is because if culture monuments which lose their identity and originality, even though they can be rebuilt, the reconstructions will always copies of the original. Therefore the ongoing maintenance interventions as the Venice Restoration Card are the core of the activity that is called the restoration of monuments. A problem that Riza pointed out is the absence of professionals in institutions.

He adds that the historic centers of Gjirokastra and Berat want much more maintenance, because Berat for example has a fire hazard, especially the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods. The construction on which Mangalem is raised upon has building near each other where fires spread at great speed, so installations of fire extinguishers are needed. Gjirokastra has also suffered some damages, and the risk lies if maintenance and restoration interventions in houses are interrupted.

For prof. dr. Neritan Ceka, the worst time for cultural heritage in Albania is after the 90s. He took as a parallelism the accident at the the Notre Dame cathedral, which is a vertical catastrophe for reasons not related to the care shown in France for monuments, whereas in Albania he said we have a horizontal catastrophe, which is destroying all the cultural heritage in the field of monuments in the most brutal way that has happened to this country since Turkey’s time.

“In relation to the 1980s when there was the flourishing of archeology and the care of cultural monuments in the country despite the system that existed, compared to that period we are 100 times less,” said Ceka.

He added that the system of ministries and agencies that depend on it, is the most absurd that exists all over the world. He said that this system which was put in a pseudo-reform made in 2008 , works solely works for bidding. Prof. dr. Neritan Ceka is also concerned about the lack of specialists in the institutions. He said that the Culture Ministry prepares reference topics made by people who are not related to monuments and do not hold any scientific degrees. He said that this negligence has also pushed the situation into a catastrophe.

“I have tried to communicate with the Minister of Culture and the Prime Minister, but they won’t listen to me. They won’t listen to anyone. The generation that manages today’s cultural heritage in the field of cultural monuments is irresponsible,” said prof. dr. Ceka. 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 20, 2019 14:12