2 June 2012Turkey won two prizes in the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.
Turkey's Miletos Ilyas Bey Complex won award in "conservation" category, while Allianoi Initiative won award in "dedicated service" category.
28 projects, which were selected among 226 projects from 31 European countries, won awards in four categories.
The award ceremony was held in Jeronimos Monastery which takes place UNESCO's World Heritage List and where EU's new Constitution had been signed in 2007.
"Education,training and awareness-raising", "Dedicated service", "Research", and "Conservation" are the categories of Europa Nostra Awards.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and President of Europa Nostra.
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards highlight some of Europe's best achievements in heritage care, and showcase remarkable efforts made in raising awareness about EU's cultural heritage.