About Historic QuarriesQuarries are a significant part of our cultural heritage. The quarries themselves and the skills involved in quarrying stone materials for tools and dimensional stone can be considered as the starting point of Europe’s heritage in art and architecture.
Impact and Objectives
- Recognition of historic quarries as an important form of cultural heritage in itself.
- Improved access to the historic quarry heritage of Europe.
- Recognition of the potential benefits which historic quarries provide for contemporary art and for cultural heritage
- Development of new strategies and best practice to reveal historic quarries in their cultural dimension
- Developing best practice in terms of providing access to quarry sites and to information on historic quarries to the general public, to multipliers and to academic experts, including restorers and conservators.
Salzburg, the Neutor tunnel, bearing the inscription TE SAXA LOQUUNTUR (centre) and the entrance to the festival hall (left), both situated in the area of a historic quarry, operative from 1676 to 1687 (background). Sketch by Karl Ludwig LIBAY (Karolyi Lajos Libay), 1814 Neusohl (Besterce Banya/Banska Bystrica) – 1888 Wien. © Archive H. u. W. Vetters, Salzburg.