Neptune Baths in Herculaneum, on the verge of collapse

The Locus Association, through the HerculaneProject platform, requests the support of the Romanian Government through an open letter signed by over 50 specialists in the field, including architects, collaborators, sponsors, cultural figures and volunteers.. Among the signatories are the architect and president of Pro Patrimonio Șerban Sturdza, the former Minister of Culture Corina Șuteu, the former director of the National Institute of Heritage, the architect Ștefan Bâlici, the architect Augustin Ioan, the president of ARCEN Edmond Niculușcă, but also the president of the National Commission for Monuments Carp.

The letter outlines the steps taken so far by both the Locus Association and the local public administration, which also owns the Neptune Baths, and calls for help on four key points to save and protect the monument of national interest, including to Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank on the list of the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe in 2022.

The four required points are:

Solving the legal situation and clarifying the issue related to the legal regime of Neptune Baths.

Issuance of a written warning from the Ministry of Culture to the private owners of the land regarding the initiation of the expropriation procedure for the cause of public utility.

Allocation of funds in order to secure the slope behind the Băile Neptun construction building, in order to stop the collapse of rocks and trees on the masonry structure of the building.

Starting the inscription of the entire historical area of ​​the Herculaneum Baths on the UNESCO list, taking into account the historical, cultural and natural value that they have.

OPEN LETTER AND SUPPORT LIST
The Neptune Baths are in pre-collapse, a situation set out both in the letter and in the technical documents attached to it and prepared by specialists in the field.

“The time is now or never!”, Says Oana Chirilă, president of the Locus Association.

“Despite all the efforts we have been making for five years, the Neptune Baths are deteriorating at an accelerated pace, and the point of degradation they have reached only suggests a future collapse. It is difficult for us to see how this process of degradation is advancing, because we have involved our body and soul in this project. We have carried out works here in 2019, as well as this year, works financed entirely only by civil society through individual donations and sponsorships, but we want and need to do more. We also need the Romanian State, as a partner in the whole process of reactivation of Neptune Baths, because there are many issues that we cannot solve on our own and it is not our duty or responsibility as an NGO. Only State – Private – Civil Society cooperation can contribute to a truly sustainable development of cultural heritage. “

“Given the inclusion of Neptune Baths in the list of the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe by Europa Nostra, a European organization that aims to protect heritage, and the European Investment Bank, as well as the support of thousands of Romanians crossing the resort and We believe that saving and enhancing the Neptune Baths must become a national priority. ” added Oana Chirilă.


Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.

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