Our map between the terms Cultural Heritage and European Cultural Heritage

Along the journey of our project, we are going to explore these two topics which refer to our patrimony as actual citizens of the European Union

Cultural Heritage

Find out about the cultural heritage from the native territories of our partners

Currently, the project will explore the cultural heritage from the native cities of Calabria, Poznan, A coruna, and Southampton

Calabria, Italy

Poznan, Poland

A coruna, Spain

Southampton, UK


History of the term Cultural Heritage and official literature

According to UNESCO

The term cultural heritage encompasses several main categories of heritage

Cultural heritage

Tangible cultural heritage

  • movable cultural heritage: paintings, sculptures, coins, manuscripts
  • immovable cultural heritage: monuments, archaeological sites, and so on
  • underwater cultural heritage: shipwrecks, underwater ruins, and cities
  • Intangible cultural heritage

    oral traditions, performing arts, rituals

    Natural heritage

    natural sites with cultural aspects such as cultural landscapes, physical, biological, or geological formations

    Heritage in the event of armed conflict

    According to the European Commission

    Europe’s cultural heritage is a rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expressions, an inheritance from previous generations of Europeans, and a legacy for those to come. It includes natural, built, and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical, and audiovisual works, and the knowledge, practices, and traditions of European citizens.

    While the policy in this area is primarily the responsibility of Member States and regional and local authorities, the EU is committed to safeguarding and enhancing Europe’s cultural heritage through several policies and programmes.

    It is possible to read all the information to understand the definition of European Cultural Heritage on the link button below.


    Cultural heritage: A driving force for the cultural and creative sectors

    Cultural heritage enriches the lies of people. It is also a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe’s social capital. Cultural heritage is an important resource for economic growth, employment, and social cohesion.


    Mapping EU support for cultural heritage in Europe

    To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) developed a series of interactive maps to gather visual information related to heritage.


    This web app features information about the following programmes and initiatives:

    European Heritage Label
    European Capitals of Culture
    UNESCO World Heritage List in Europe
    Information about the heritage under threat in Europe
    Europe’s Digital Library
    Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor
    Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

    Cultural Gems

    Cultural Gems maps cultural and creative places in European cities. It is a spin-off of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, which assesses the performance of Cultural and Creative Cities in Europe. The tool is free and open-source and is developed by the JRC.


    Find out more about Cultural Gems here