Do reconstruction authentically and go on (acronym DRAGON)

Basic information

  • Project Number: CLT01014
  • Project Title: Do reconstruction authentically and go on (acronym DRAGON)
  • Program: Culture
  • Region of the Project Implementation: Trenčiansky
  • District of the Project Implementation: Nové Mesto nad Váhom
  • Estimated Date of Project Completion: 30.04.2023
  • Project Promoter: Beckov municipality
  • Website of the project:
  • Status: Active


  • Project Grant Approved: 809 165 €

Information in a nutshell

Since the 13th century, the Beckov castle has been looking down at a village bearing the same name near the Váh River from a massive 60 metre cliff. The small city under the castle was developing thanks to its ability to defend and, until the 17th century, it was a trading, cultural and religious centre. Several noble Hungarian families and personalities had their residences there. In the 14th century, the castle was acquired by Matúš Čák Trenčiansky, later by the Stibor family and, today, it ranks among our best preserved castles. However, the castle was damaged by fire in the 18th century. Recently, certain parts of the castle have been extensively renovated and, at present, there are many interesting events held there during the summer season.

Project description

The project focuses on improving the state of the national cultural heritage, restoring and revitalizing the western palace of Beckov Castle, and better potential fulfillment of the monument as a cultural center in the region of Považie. The potential of the monument is still not fully exploited, especially due to the absence of a larger representative and roofed-over space, where it would be possible to organize social, cultural, and commercial activities regardless of the weather. The name of the project is derived from the basic philosophical concept of the monument restoration project, which combines the public interest in an authentic monumental presentation of historical details with the requirement to provide services at the level of the 21st century. We see the basic importance of partnership with a Norwegian partner in the mediation of know-how and mutual exchange of information with a focus on the use of examples of good practice. The Association of Historic Towns and Municipalities will directly contribute to the publicity of the project within its information networks. The Secondary Vocational School of Trade and Services will benefit from the project as part of the provision of practical training for its students in the relevant fields, especially in the field of regional tourism management.