DESIGNATION AS A CULTURAL MONUMENT

Objects or phenomena meeting certain value criteria that are therefore considered worth to be conserved for future generations are considered to be cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is the result and evidence of past traditions and intellectual achievements. A cultural monument is an immovable or movable, a part of it or a collection of objects or an entire group of buildings protected by the state and having historical, archaeological, ethnographic, urban construction related, architectural, artistic, scientific, religious or other cultural value.

 

What is most important is the historical value of the object, not so much its current artistic or aesthetic aspect. All monuments are unique; an object created according to a typical project or form is also special thanks to its origin and surrounding environment.

 

Depending on the type of monument, the number of criteria of designation as a monument is different. For example, in the case of a historical monument, the object must meet one of the listed criteria, whereas all eight criteria are normally considered in the case of an artistic monument. If an expertise proves that not much has been preserved of the monument, it has been considerably altered, reconstructed etc., the object might be marked with information on its historical value and not designated as a monument.


WE ASK FOR HELP

The National Heritage Board asks the help of attentive co-citizens in finding stolen cultural monuments. If you have information on any of these monuments, please contact us at info@muinas.ee.

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HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

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ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONUMENTS

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ARTISTIC MONUMENTS

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INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNICAL MONUMENTS

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UNDERWATER HERITAGE

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