Cultural Heritage connects

The present is always marked by conflicts of the past, be they wars or ethnic and social disputes.

When it comes to promoting reconciliatory coexistence in the present, reviving cultural heritage is a good way to bring what we have in common to the fore.

ARCH Europe therefore sets itself the goal of supporting the return to the common cultural heritage of the past, in Europe as well as worldwide.

What does ARCH stand for?

  • Alliance for the
  • Restoration of
  • Cultural
  • Heritage

“As a political scientist, I have long been fascinated by the ability of cultural heritage and traditions – and by this I mean not only important buildings, statues or museums but also things like music and food and much-loved local treasures – to delight and unify people across borders and other divisions. It’s enlighteningto see that practices and beliefs that initially appear quite different, often reveal a bedrock of common human needs and aspirations, which when uncovered can do much to build bonds of peace.”

Dr. Cheryl Benard / Vice-President of ARCH Europe

“Everyone has the chance to positively contribute to society following his talents and experiences. In ARCH I see a fantastic initiative to activate cultural heritage of the past as a reconciling societal factor for the present. As a person, I am an entrepreneur drawing on experience in management, and an ethnologist with access to the science of culture.”

Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn / President of ARCH Europe

Rising above the Karawanks – the proud mountain range between the Austrian federal state Kärnten and the Slovenian province Krain – the Mittagskogel, its highest peak, can be seen over a long distance. Read more…

Located in shallow waters it is a beloved tourist attraction. ARCH, through years of dedicated commitment to saving Pavlopetri, has reached many milestones towards the sunken city’s protection. Read more…


In the period from October 19th to 22nd, 2023 we went on a delegation trip to Carinthia and Slovenia. Our culturally diverse team consisted of Cheryl, Zalmay and Sophia (from the USA and Germany) from ARCH International, as well as Marietta, Andrea and Veronica (from Lower Austria and Carinthia and from Italy) from ARCH Europe.

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During my last visit to Vienna in late autumn, I marvelled at the expanded range of Christmas calendars in shops and supermarkets. In my childhood these had just been flat pieces of cardboard with a picture of St. Nicholas, or Christmas angels, or a magnificently decorated tree, and some gold and glitter sprinkled on them to make them special.

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After the destruction of the first Annahütte it was rebuilt in 1932 with the participation of many volunteers. Volunteers resting at a long table. Credit: Working Group Annahütte Neu.


Wish us luck! The ARCH-Europe Team submitted an abstract for a panel we propose to co-host, together with the Kanaltaler Kulturverein: “From combat to friendship around a historic Alpine Lodge. Heritage and peace-building on the border of Italy, Slovenia and Austria.”

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Let's save our shared cultural heritage together

ARCH Europe therefore sets itself the goal of supporting the recollection of the common cultural heritage of the past, in Europe as well as worldwide. Read more…


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Austrian concert organist performs in Lviv despite war
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