On 28-29 April, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) awarded the certification to five new “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe”, bringing the programme to 45 certified Routes:
· Aeneas Route
· Alvar Aalto Route – 20th Century Architecture and Design
· Cyril and Methodius Route
· The European Route d’Artagnan
· Iron Age Danube Route
The news was announced by Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe's Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, at the start of our webinar "Smart Cultural Heritage, Tourism Development and European Cultural Routes", held on 20 May.
The five new certified routes are as follows:
· Ruta de Eneas.
· Ruta de Alvar Aalto - Arquitectura y diseño del siglo XX.
· Ruta de Cirilo y Metodio.
· Ruta Europea d'Artagnan.
· Ruta del Danubio de la Edad de Hierro.
The Aeneas Route is an archaeological route that stretches from the coasts of Turkey (North-West Aegean Sea) to the shores of Latium Vetus in Italy through a maritime and, at places, overland track. This route is inspired by the legend of Aeneas as it was narrated by the Latin poet Virgil in the Aeneid epic. Aeneas Route is a network of the most important archaeological sites in Europe linked to the legend of Aeneas, some of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The network currently involves members in 5 countries: Albania, Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Turkey.
The Alvar Aalto Route – 20th Century Architecture and Design offers sites and sensations amidst the architectural landmarks of the renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a pioneer of modern architecture and design, who enjoyed an exceptionally rich and varied career. His works cover 6 decades, and include over 200 existing buildings in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland and the USA. The international influence of Alvar Aalto’s works in his own time and post-mortem is outstanding. The network currently involves members in 5 countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and Estonia.
The Cyril and Methodius Route presents a set of trails focused on travelling in the footsteps of Saints Cyril and Methodius and their followers (the Seven Saints Apostles). It connects places, heritage sites, cultural institutions and other tourist attractions across 7500 km, interconnecting countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.
Saints Cyril and Methodius, the co-patrons of Europe, are considered to be the two most influential missionaries, having played a principal role in introducing Christianity and developing culture in Slavic countries. The network currently involves members in 6 countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The European Route d'Artagnan is a physical and linear hiking itinerary, established on the basis of historical and literary documents that retrace the epic of Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers criss-crossed Europe throughout their lives in the service of the king. They left an important intangible cultural and historical heritage, which the European Route d'Artagnan highlights thanks to the six itineraries established over 6,000 km, each one telling a singular story of the life of d'Artagnan. The network currently involves members in 4 countries: Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain.
The Iron Age Danube Route enhances the Danube Region’s archaeological heritage of the last millennium BC (approx. 800 BC – 0). This period, considered the Iron Age, was a period of major technological and social changes, which also influenced the landscapes in an unprecedented way. Along the Iron Age Danube Route, travellers can discover archaeological and open-air museums, reconstructed houses and tumuli, as well as archaeological trails. The network currently involves members in 4 countries: Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia.