Start date: Dec 31, 2002,
End date: Jun 29, 2005
Starting from the Ancient Greek and Roman times, these facilities tend to be built in areas where "the waters" (hot springs or thermal pools) were thought to have healing properties. Through history spa towns became extremely important both from an artistic and cultural point of view and are part of the cultural heritage. Nevertheless very few has been done to protect was can be considered one of the most remarkable cultural ensemble bringing together buildings, interiors and parks or in other words an extraordinary combination of archaeology, architecture, craft and landscape. Furthermore the health oriented mass exploitation has not been equally accompanied by a policy for the identification, knowledge and protection of the concerned historic buildings, conservation areas and other aspects of the historic environment. Achievements: This project has achieved the following results and effects: - Web site www.iter-cadses.it, - Comparative analysis of cataloguing methods, - Development of a specific entry for spas, - Development of a custom-made project data base to be used for data collection on extranet linking all European partners, - Data collection and entry, - Photo gallery, - Project-coordinated image handbook (logo, format, colours, layout, etc for the project presentations and materials), - Project GIS (geographical information system) to localize all the spas on an e-map for access on the internet, - Dissemination (articles, brochures, seminars and workshops), - Comparative analysis of European legislation on spas, - Virtual exhibition on the history of spas in Europe (DVD and video). Before the end of the project (June 2005), an analysis of the economic relevance of spas and case studies will be conducted.
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