Saxony-Anhalt: Culture presents itself on the "Open Monument Day"

Palaces, castles, monasteries and classic museums: in Saxony-Anhalt, many cultural institutions invite you to look behind their doors for a few hours on Sunday.

Saxony-Anhalt: Culture presents itself on the "Open Monument Day"

Palaces, castles, monasteries and classic museums: in Saxony-Anhalt, many cultural institutions invite you to look behind their doors for a few hours on Sunday.

Halle (dpa/sa) - During the "Open Monument Day" many cultural institutions in Saxony-Anhalt will be opened to visitors free of charge on Sunday - special programs and guided tours will be offered there. Churches and castles, excavation sites and industrial buildings can be visited nationwide. Monument conservators also use the day to report on their work.

In Saxony-Anhalt, the Francke Foundations, the Leopoldina and the regional court of Halle are among those involved. Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) wants to open the day on Sunday at Annaburg Castle in the Wittenberg district. In Annaburg he also visits the Porzellaneum and the Landesdarre. "Saxony-Anhalt sees itself as a history-conscious state. The wealth of monuments and the high concentration of world heritage sites are an important part of our identity," said Haseloff with regard to the day.

With more than 28,000 monuments, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites, the state of Saxony-Anhalt has an exceptionally rich inventory of historical evidence. In the past year alone, projects in the preservation of monuments were funded nationwide with a volume of around 16 million euros from federal and state funds, the State Chancellery said.

This year the motto of the day is "Culture Spur. A case for monument protection". The focus should be on the traces that people have left behind over the centuries. "With our motto, we would like to invite visitors on a journey of discovery, together with experts, to sharpen their view of the details of monuments and to decipher their meaning," explained Steffen Skudelny from the German Foundation for Monument Protection, which has coordinated the day nationwide since 1993.

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