Jacomine Hendrikse, DutchCulture
Jacomine Hendrikse
Advisor - Europe + Heritage
j.hendrikse [at] dutchculture.nl

Call for 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe

Call for 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe

Until the deadline on 15 September 2022, you can nominate important heritage in Europe that is endangered for Europa Nostra's 7 Most Endangered Programme 2023.
By Jacomine Hendrikse

7 Most Endangered Programme

The 7 Most Endangered programme is run yearly by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute and has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Launched in 2013, it forms part of a civil society campaign to save Europe's endangered heritage. It consists of identifying the most threatened monuments, sites and cultural landscapes in Europe and mobilising public and private support, to find a viable future for these heritage sites. The programme raises awareness, carries out independent technical assessments and proposes recommendations for action. For a threatened heritage site, being on the 7 Most Endangered List increases visibility and often serves as a catalyst for action.

In 2021, the Dutch Crèvecoeur Fortress was among the 7 most endangered heritage sites that were selected, after Bond Heemschut had submitted its nomination.


Nominations can be submitted by Member States of the Council of Europe. Dutch entries can be submitted by Europa Nostra's country representations, member and associate organisations, individual members and member organisations of the European Heritage Alliance. Please see the list of Dutch members here: Netherlands - Europa Nostra.

The sites that can be nominated to the 7 Most Endangered Programme are:

  • Historic buildings and their ensembles (including surrounding townscapes/landscapes)
  • Places of Worship
  • Archaeological sites (including their surrounding landscapes)
  • Industrial buildings and areas
  • Parks, gardens and cultural landscapes
  • Heritage sites of historical importance (« Lieux de mémoire »)
  • Intangible heritage

The criteria for selection are:

  • The monuments and sites are selected considering:
  • Heritage and cultural value of the site;
  • Imminent danger the site is facing;
  • The engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving the site;
  • The potential of the site to act as a catalyst for a sustainable socio-economic development of the area where it is located.


The deadline for nomination submissions is 15 September 2022 (23.59h).

Subsequently, all nominations will be examined. An international advisory panel, comprising specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, management and finance, will meet to assess the applications and shortlist the most endangered monuments and sites. Successful nominators for the shortlist phase will be informed by the end of November 2022. The final list of 7 most threatened heritage sites in Europe is selected by the Board of Europa Nostra and will be announced in March/April 2023.

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