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Austrian Tourists Admire Eritrea’s Preservation of Historic Buildings

A group of 21 Austrian tourists expressed impression with Eritrea’s endeavors to properly preserve and maintain historic buildings.

Asmara, 27 February 2011 – A group of 21 Austrian tourists expressed impression with Eritrea’s endeavors to properly preserve and maintain historic buildings.

The group of tourists, who are researchers in the field of ancient and modern architectural buildings, said that they were eager to visit Eritrea after hearing about its rich collection of Art-deco buildings and expressed satisfaction with what they were able to see with their own eyes.

Mr. Wojciech Czaja, a journalist dealing with ancient buildings, pointed out that Eritrea is gaining fame for its Art-Deco buildings and its commitment to preserving them. He also expressed deep admiration for the buildings dating back to the 1930s and 40s. “I believe what makes Asmara unique in this regard is the density of such buildings. Having this number of buildings of the modernist architecture era makes the city one of a kind,” Mr. Wojciech added.  

Ms. Marion Wicher, an architect, on her part explained the importance of ancient buildings in Eritrea to professionals in the field. “The fact that the buildings have been preserved so well is indicative of the prevailing awareness in the country as regards the importance of such buildings and it is indeed quite amazing to find so many of these buildings in one city,” she added.

Another tourist, Ms. Daniela Treiber, also a professional architect pointed out that it is not only their design that makes Eritrean Art-deco buildings but also the way they were preserved.
Ms. Bisrat Kifle who organized the tour for the 21 professionals indicated that the fact that the tourists were able to see what they had previously only read about in books enabled them to take away lasting impressions.   

 

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