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Project/initiative|Czech Republic|Local

Preservation of cultural heritage in the House of St. Josef

Project title

Záchrana kulturního dědictví v areálu Homova sv. Josefa

Description of initiative

The Regional Charity Červený Kostelec got EEA Grants for the renewal of the baroque area at the home of St. Josef in Žirč. The purpose of the project was to save the cultural heritage of the very valuable baroque complex of the Home of St. Josef in Žirč with the aim that this area can serve the disabled and non-disabled people and thus become a meeting place for them. The facility is the first and so far the only one of its kind in the Czech Republic that provides comprehensive services to people affected by multiple sclerosis and their loved ones (approximately 450 people from all over the Czech Republic each year). The project helped the general public, but also disabled people to make greater use of historic buildings and land, for learning and relaxation. The outside area was used for daily relaxation and for regular cultural events and meetings.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Community well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of spaces and built environments
Quality of social relations
Quality of services for specific groups


heritage preservation, meeting point, health, baroque, disabilities, socializing

Target group

Adults | Children | Early age | Older people | Youth

Cultural field

Crafts | Heritage


2009 - 2010

Sources of funding

EEA Grants

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

The restoration was done as planned, the space became a new platform for patients and the rest of the community, preserving the historical aspects.


Oblastní charita Červený Kostelec
Czech Republic
NGO / Non-profit | Health


Dvůr Králové Town Hall
Czech Republic
Public / State | Other
Czech Republic
Public / State | Other