Wherein lies the spirit of Banska Stiavnica - World Heritage site: Threats and safeguarding

Vosková, Katarína (2008) Wherein lies the spirit of Banska Stiavnica - World Heritage site: Threats and safeguarding. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Our world comprises material „phenomena“ and feelings invoked by places, spaces, works of art... Banská _tiavnica developed in a complex environment since 12th century including its urban spaces and houses, which we conserve. But there also is the genius loci that we sometimes fail to restore. Why? The town attracts settlers, not anymore because of golden-silver mines. People seek its spirit. What is it? The energy of our ancestors, authenticity…? The spirit usually vanishes with the use of modern materials and replicas. To counteract that we organise workshops in traditional methods, but question is what keeps original architecture alive and whether we can make new purpose and keep the original genius? Can we succeed? We are currently finding revival of the endangered unique Baroque Calvary Complex – the place filled with energy, inhabited by spirit… Will our activities diminish or reinforce the genius that makes our historical town so unique?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Vosková, Katarína
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town; World Heritage List; spirit of place; intangible heritage; historic monuments; landscape
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
UNESCO WHC Number: 618
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
References: (Day 2002)Day, Christopher. 2002. Spirit and Place. Translated by Lucie Koutková and Libu_e Mohelská in Duch a místo. Brno: Vydavatelství ERA, 2004.

(Norberg-Schulz 1981) Norberg-Schulz, Christian. 1981. Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture. Translated by Petr Kratichvíl and Pavel Havlík in Genius Loci fenomenologii architektury. ODEON Praha, 1994.

(Hidvéghy 1901) Hidvégy, Arpád. 1901. Bansko_tiavnická kalvária – Ako povstala, ako dnes vyzerá a ako sa na nej koná pobo_nos_. (The Calvary Complex of Banská Stiavnica. How it was established, how it looks today and how divine service is celebrated here). Joergesova tla_iare_ Banská _tiavnica, 1901.

(Vo_ková 2006)Vo_ková, Katarína, ed. 2006. Materials, Techniques and Technologies in the Built Heritage Preservation. Banská _tiavnica: Pamiatkov_ úrad SR.
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/37

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