Cradles of European Culture - CEC



We are happy to invite you to visit the exhibition ''Gradišče above Bašelj – The Forgotten Stronghold'' in the Kranj Town Hall from March 5th 2015 until April 7th 2015.
The exhibition is dedicated to the archaeological site Gradišče above Bašelj in Slovenia. The hilltop settlement of Gradišče in the foothills of the mountain Storžič had an exclusive value in the Early Medieval Carniola, that was located in the present day Slovenia. Uncovered layers with numerous iron objects and ceramic fragments from the period between the end of the 8th century and the beginning of the 10th century were found at the place. The archaeological site Gradišče above Bašelj is a part of the connection of ten important and unique sites Heritage Route and the presentation of the virtual trail is a part of the exhibition.

Exhibition is a part of the local promotion of the project Cradles of European Culture - Francia Media by the Slovenian partner Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, associated partner National Museum of Slovenia with the cooperation of Museum of Gorenjska.

We are happy to announce the launch of the internet web page, dedicated to the exhibitions, crated within the ‘’Cradles of European Culture – Francia Media’’ international project.’’

On the new internet webpage you can find a presentation of the exhibition The Legacy of Charlemagne (814 – 2014) , that was set in the Provincial Heritage Center in Ename, Oudenaarde, Belgium.

The Legacy of Charlemagne (814 – 2014):
A story that has never been told before

"The Legacy of Charlemagne" exhibition tells, for the first time, the story of the last 2000 years from a new perspective: it shows how the several unification attempts of the European area struggled to find a balance between the unity needed by any such political project and the diversity of the many ethnic groups that composed the population. If this story sounds familiar to the contemporary visitor it is only because the European Union is the ultimate embodiment of this aspiration and the exhibition explains how it finally came into being."

In case you missed the exhibition, here you can do the virtual visit of the exhibition, follow the events like Finnisage-colloquium or just get some practical information about the The Ename Heritage Center.

You can also get to know the Catalogue of the exhibition:

The Legacy of Charlemagne 814-2014 is linked to the exhibition of the same name in the Provincial Heritage Centre in Ename. The book is edited by the province of East Flanders with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the EU project "Cradles of European Culture", and is sponsored by Mr Horst van Cuyck.

Dirk Callebaut & Horst van Cuyck (eds), The heritage of Charlemagne 814 – 2014, 2014, Lannoo, 414 p.

Extended date of the IMPERIITURO exhibition until January 20th, 2015!

IMPERIITURO - Renovatio Imperii: Ravenna in the Ottonian Europe
In Ravenna, Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:30 am at Sala Muratori of the Classense Library, via Baccarini 3, will be held the press conference of the exhibition "IMPERIITURO - Renovatio Imperii: Ravenna in the Ottonian Europe". The exhibition will be open from October 4, 2014 to January 6, 2015 at the Classense Library and the Tamo Museum.
Introduced by:
Livia Zaccagnini, President of the Istituzione Biblioteca Classense.
Elsa Signorino, President of the RavennAntica Foundation.
Maria Pia Guermandi, curator for Italy of the European project CEC, Cradles of European Culture.
Claudia Giuliani, Silvia Urbini, Electra Stamboulis, curators of the exhibition.
The journalists will be accompanied by the curators in the two exhibition venues.
Renovatio imperii was a utopian ideal strongly advocated by Charlemagne, who aimed to restore ancient Roman imperial authority on Christian foundations.
This educational display on two venues, focuses on a period falling between the Carolingian and Romanesque eras, a historical and artistic epoch that is not very familiar to the general public.
We identify these centuries with the Ottonian dynasty, that is, with the German emperors of the House of Saxony who ruled over the Holy Roman Empire from 962 to 1024. The geographical action space extended from Italy – Rome, Ravenna, Milan, Pavia… – to Europe, then, like now, striving to bring together its different identities and make them coexist.
An educational exhibition, a narrative on the transmission of the imperial idea that extends from antiquity up to Europe of Charlemagne and of the Ottomans and to the present day.



We are pleased to announce the launch of our new internet website on the culture heritage route ( as a part of the international project ‘Cradles of European Culture’.

The virtual ‘Culture Heritage Route’, which is part of the ‘Cradles of European Culture Project’, focuses on the presentation of the Early Middle Ages and their importance for the development of current Europe. This educational trail tries to guide the visitor through individual sites that represent the backbone of the project. In view to enable a comparison of their historical setting the trail’s structure summarises the development of the sites, offers answers to the question of why people chose those particular sites for their settlements, whether natural conditions or earlier settlement has influenced their early medieval boom. Further, we show the early medieval life of the sites, their local, national, and international importance. Chapters dedicated to later historical phases on the one hand concern the later life of individual seats, their transformation and decline, on the other, the time of the recognition of their historical value and the contribution of their interpretation to the local (for example Ename) as well as national (Prague Castle) or European cultural identity (Ravenna, Ingelheim).

The Heritage Route is part of the Cradles of European Culture Project (2010–2015), realized thanks to the support by the European Union’s Culture Programme and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The team of authors consists of 49 experts from nine different European countries, 13 different partner institutions, and 14 affiliated institutions. In the Czech Republic it is supervised by the Institute of Archaeology at Prague and the National Museum.

The Heritage Route includes the following sites: Biskupija Crkvina (HR), Ename (BE), Gradišče above Bašelj (SL), Ingeheim am Rhein (DE), Kostoľany pod Tribečom (SK), Montmajour Abbey (FR), Nijmegen, Het Valkhof (NL), Ravenna (IT), Velzeke (BE), and Prague Castle (CZ).

The website contains vast textual and pictorial material of a scientific nature dedicated to ten sites. They are accessible only in English. A large amount of practical information facilitates the visit to these sites. We provide GPS navigation to interesting historical monuments located there as well. In addition, the website maintains a news blog on the CEC Project and individual sites, various related activities and events. You can subscribe to a Newsletter (only in English). The website was edited by Jana Maříková-Kubková, Katarína Chlustiková, and Katarína Válová (Institute of Archaeology, Prague). The texts and other published material are the work of 26 experts from partner institutions of the CEC Project.

Authors: Peter Baxa, Peter Bisták, Marga Bonte, Zuzana Borzová, Kurt Braeckamn, Dirk Callebaut, Katarína Chlustiková, André Constant, Johan Deschieter, Danko Dujmovic, Linde Egberts, Maria Pia Guemardi, Andreas Hartmann-Virnich, Isabel Kappesser, Špela Karo, Ruth Klein, Jana Maříková-Kubková, Patrick Monsieur, Françoise Paone, Manuela Pereira, Hettie Peterse, Maja Petrinec, Nina Schücker, Mieke Smit, Silvia Urbini, Katarína Válová, Marie-Claire Van der Donckt, Katja Zee
Web concept and editors: Jana Maříková-Kubková, Katarína Válová, Katarína Chlustiková
Web code and design: Sinfin | Graphic design: Lukáš Opekar (Sinfin), Walter van Rooijn (BuroBrandstof)
© 2014 Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague & Cradles of European Culture Project
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission and co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project is partly co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia