Municipality of Preko returned the Fortress of St. Mihovila, restoration follows

first_img“In addition to the architectural survey and archeological excavations we plan to make this year, the key step is to relocate the antenna tower, for which a location and building permit have already been secured. It is almost unbelievable that this pillar has been standing here illegally for 25 years. The company Transmitters and Communications has secured land on a neighboring hill and a valid building permit that is valid for only a few more months and we hope that the process of relocating the transmitter will be initiated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, all this was supposed to be completed in late 2011 after the Transmitters and Communications bought land on the neighboring hill of Mala glava. However, the change of government at the state level also changed the management of that company, so the priorities were obviously changed. We know that in Milanović’s Government, every project in Zadar County was “under a magnifying glass”, including this one. I hope that the new management of Transmitters and Communications will have an understanding that this problem will be solved soon, and we will insist on moving out as soon as possible., explains the head of the Department for EU funds and development in the Municipality of Preko Ante Župan.This year, the municipality of Preko received 100 thousand kunas in the tender of the Ministry of Culture for making an architectural 3D image, and for the new tender of the ministry, which was concluded a few days ago, they reported archeological excavations inside the fortress. Only after that will the approximate amount needed for the entire restoration of St. Mihovil, which in the future should become an interpretation center in which the heritage of all the islands of Zadar would be presented, which in the past were called the Angel Islands after the fortress above Preko.Fortress of St. Mihovila was also recognized a few years ago by Michelin’s green guide, where it was rated with two stars and the recommendation “must visit”, and what praise will there be when the fortress is renovated and put into cultural and tourist function. After many years of struggle, the Municipality of Preko managed to regain jurisdiction over the Fortress of St. Mihovila.This week, the decision of the State Office for State Property Management (DUUDI) arrived, which makes this cultural monument and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Zadar County available to the Municipality of Preko.”This is extremely important for us to continue the reconstruction project that we are preparing in cooperation with the Zadar County Development Agency. We sent a request to DUUDI two years ago, and only with the arrival of new people at the head of that state agency would our request be resolved positively. I am glad that the new administration led by director Tomislav Boban has shown understanding and great will to adopt our request. ” points out the mayor of Preko Karlo Novoselic for the portal and adds that the next step is to relocate the transmitter that has been located in the middle of the fortress since the war.Fortress of St. Mihovila on the island of Ugljan offers, according to many, the most beautiful view of the Adriatic. The 265-meter-high fortress built by the Venetians in the 13th century to control the Zadar canal offers a beautiful view of almost the entire Zadar archipelago, and legend has it that Italy can be seen in stormy weather. The fortress is a protected cultural monument that the Municipality of Preko intends to restore and arrange with money from EU funds, but currently the main problem is the relocation of the 80-meter antenna for transmitters, which has been located in the middle of the fortress since the Homeland War.last_img

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