by storm Alex in October 2020. If no monument was washed away, the 500 millimeters of rain and floods severely damaged the roofs of vulnerable already historic buildings. The money goes to work deemed to be the most urgent according to the needs expressed by the mayors of the municipalities who have made an inventory. The Heritage Foundation acts as intermediaries and signed an agreement this Friday with the Monegasque government.
Restaurant a remarkable heritage
The aim is to restore “a heritage remarkable for its characteristics and its rarity: it is often a Ligurian Baroque that can only be found in this part of France “, specifies La Fondation du Patrimoine on its website. Details from Guillaume Poitrinal, president of the Heritage Foundation who visited the Principality on Friday
“We have special links with these valleys”,
Prince Albert II of Monaco wishes to help to the tune of 1 million euros each of the affected valleys. This sum is in addition to a Christmas gift of 15,000 euros already paid in December 2020.
The restored elements – churches, bridges, paths will also be identified in consultation with the Drac (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs), the department, the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolis and the municipalities.
An economic stake
The objective of the Heritage Foundation is also to “maintain jobs in old buildings, give work to artisans, crafts, and companies specializing in heritage restoration“. The urgency is also to revive the tourist attractiveness of the territories and send a message of hope to the people.
Jean-Louis Marquès, representative of the Fondation du Patrimoine in the Alpes-Maritimes, details two projects: the restoration of a pile of the Pont du Coq in La Brigue and that of a Pleyel piano in a chapel of Breil-sur-Roya .