About Three wooden towns
Nora, Hjo and Eksjö have all received the Europa Nostra award for their work to preserve and maintain the unique buildings and cultural environments. The three wooden towns have a lot in common, but their structures and histories differ. They have their own identities. The network Tre Trästäder (three wooden towns) aims to give prominence to the historic wooden town settings for residents and visitors. The focus is on the living wooden town.
About Europa Nostra
Europa Nostra is Latin for “Our Europe”. It’s also the name of an umbrella organisation comprising more than 200 national associations from more or less all the countries in Europe. From modest beginnings, Europa Nostra has developed into a leading player within European cultural heritage issues. Today, Europa Nostra is the main channel between different cultural heritage parties and large international organisations such as the EU, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. All three wooden towns have been awarded prizes from Europa Nostra. In addition, Nora has been awarded Europa Nostra diplomas for individual sites – the Parish House (2002) and the Gyttorp community centre (2002).
“For the remarkable renovation of this important ensemble of traditional wooden buildings which has given new life to the old town centre.”
“For the noteworthy preservation of the wooden town which has conserved and maintained its distinctive character and charm.”
“For the successful undertaking of a long and complicated project preserving the town of Nora’s historical and cultural environment, including the wooden houses, industrial sites and the railroad to Pershyttan.”