There are 4 fortified heritage sites in Hungary, and 3 of them are situated in Komárom. These forts are elements of the huge trans-boundary World Heritage Nominated “Fortress System at the confluence of river Danube and Vah in Komárom/Komarno”, and have special importance for local identity and a great potential for future regional development (the System of Komárom is a top-attraction for culture and leisure activities). There are a number of challenges that local authorities face when striving for the exploitation of this potential. Other European heritage sites also encounter these challenges, such as lack of innovative valorisation tools or restoration techniques.
Since 2000 the Fort Monostor Non-profit organization is responsible for the management of the Fort (running programmes related to the revitalization and the re-development of the Fort). Fort Monostor Nonprofit Ltd. is working closely with the Hungarian State Holding Company (MNV Zrt.), county of Komárom-Esztergom and the Municipality of Komárom, making policy recommendations and contributing to the elaboration of the Regional Development Plan of the Trans-Danubian Region and of the Integrated Development Strategy of the City of Komárom.
Fort Monostor is eager to share with the At Fort partners its 10-year experience in the maintenance and operation of three forts of Komárom, and its knowledge gained in finding possibilities for new economic functions (events and festivals).
More info: www.fort-monostor.hu
The system of historic forts is situated in and around the “twin” towns of Komárom, Hungary, and Komárno, Slovakia on opposite banks of the Danube River in Central-Europe. Even taken individually the forts on both sides are genuine historic and cultural treasures, representing the highest level of military architecture of their time, and having survived unaltered since the beginning of the 20th century. These forts, and their predecessors have been built and rebuilt over the centuries, but their current forms show the most skilled building techniques and styles from the second half of the 19th century (1852-1890).
Three large forts of the fortress system are situated in Hungary (Fort Monostor, Fort Igmánd and Fort Csillag) comprise one of Hungary’s outstanding national monuments. The fortresses of Komárom served the generations of soldiers in the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy and the Hungarian Army for a century, and functioned as the secret arsenal of the Soviet army from 1945 to 1991.The fortress system was not used for defence purposes, and was untouched by war. Protecting the traces of the past, these walls disclose the values of architecture and military history.
Today the forts offer visitors permanent and seasonal exhibitions, theatre evenings, guided tours, a conference centre and cultural events inspired by their historic traditions.
For Monostor Nonprofit Limited Liability Company is a site-management group. The company’s main target is to develop the fortresses on a sustainable way, to create a Military Cultural Centre.
Fort Monostor, Fort Igmánd and Fort Csillag are candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
More information: www.fort-monostor.hu