29th Romanesque Award Ceremony

On Saturday, May 4th, 2024, the 29th Romanesque Award Ceremony took place in the Church of St. Petri in Seehausen (Altmark). The Ministry of Economy, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of Saxony-Anhalt as well as the Tourism Association of Saxony-Anhalt honour once a year within this ceremony outstanding voluntary commitment dedicated to raising the awareness for the Route of the Romanesque and the people who work to preserve its cultural heritage and contribute to its dissemination and increasing the awareness of the buildings. As a part of this event, TRANSROMANICA also awarded for the third time its international TRANSROMANICA Award.



We congratulate the awardees of the following prices:

The third TRANSROMANICA Award honors the key players at the “Extracurricular Place of Learning” (Außerschulische Lernort) at the Imperial Cathedral in Königslutter am Elm, Germany. In 2024, the extracurricular learning location at the Imperial Cathedral in Königslutter will enter its 15th year of existence. Offering education directly on site is a gift for the students and makes a lasting contribution to the development of young people. The voluntary work of the project managers Dr. Birgit Heinze and Ms. Christine Jahn, who, together with Ms. Kathrin Schneider and her team of eleven, do outstanding educational work and look after up to 1,000 students every year, receive the third international TRANSROMANICA Award.



The 2023 Golden Romanesque Award goes to the Quedlinburg Cathedral Treasury Administration for its cathedral treasury project “Students teach Students”. The project between the cathedral treasury administration and the GutsMuth-Gymnasium Quedlinburg started in 2021. Every year, students in the tenth to twelfth grades carry out project weeks for sixth graders and convey content from history, religion, art and monument protection.



The first Silver Romanesque Award goes to the Parish and the Church District of the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Seehausen (Börde). The church itself suffers particularly from climate-related damage, which worsens the structural condition and endangers the stability of the church. The community, church district and municipality as well as the parish have been working intensively for years to find funds to renovate the building.



Due to the number of excellent suggestions, the jury voted to award a second Silver Romanesque Award this year. This is received by Karl-Heinz Kürbis, the Open Church team and church leaders from Hecklingen. With the new Romanesque workshop and thematic church tours, the team around and with Karl-Heinz Kürbis is contributing to improving the tourist accessibility of the Hecklingen Basilica ensemble and attracting young people as visitors to the “Route of the Romanesque”. Unfortunately, Karl-Heinz Kürbis wasn´t able to attend the ceremony and will be awarded soon in presence.


For the 17th time, the Special Award of the Ministry of Economy, Torusim, Agriculture and Forestry, which honors municipal commitment to the tourist enhancement of the “Route of the Romanesque”, honored the Historical Game “Megedeborch” project. In 2022 and 2023 the theme was the development of the city of Magdeburg and its region from 912 to 1140”. The historical game is an additional educational offer in the Magdeburg Cultural History Museum that makes life and developments in the Middle Ages playful and tangible.


The ceremony was framed by musical performances from the “Choralschola of the University of Arts Berlin”.