Official title of the project

Cutural Heritage Facility in Senjski Rudnik


Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

€ 1.5 million 

Implementation period
2012. Jan - 2013. Jan
Expected results
  • Result 1 = local community is enabled to exploit potential opportunities in diversifying local economy
  • Result 2 = the Senjski Rudnik Regional Heritage Centre is active and functioning
  • Result 3 = a sense of preservation of the landscape is formalised into acts and regulations
  • Result 4 = the location is promoted as a destination of interest and seen as a pilot experience in the area

 Ministry of Culture / Municipality of Despotovac

Target Groups

Community of Senjski Rudnik

Summary of the project

Senjski Rudnik is the birthplace of the Serbian industrialization process. It was established in 1853 as Serbia’s oldest coal mine of modern times, complete with shafts, workshops and administrative buildings. It is part of an urban ensemble which includes: houses, a school, a house of culture, a railway station, a church, museum and a hospital, many of which are still in use. This is a typical industrial community of the 19th-20th centuries, now in economic and physical decline, in need of new sources of income and employment. The mine is still in operation but it is estimated that coal reserves will run out in five to seven years with a consequent risk of depopulation of the site. The village is sited along the River Ravanica, in a hilly and surprisingly unspoilt landscape in central Serbia, 100 km south of Belgrade, in the vicinity of two famous medieval monasteries: Ravanica and Manasija, as well as many other potential touristic attractions such as caves (Resava Cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Serbia with approximately 80,000 of visitors per year), waterfalls, ski-centre, tracking, orienting and mountain biking facilities.

However, in spite of increasing interest for attractions nearby Senjski Rudnik, only a few tourists – not more than 3,000 per year, visit the old fashioned mining museum located in the centre of the miner’ s village. The restoration of the industrial buildings (particularly the shafts and the narrow-gauge railroad) has to transform this dying settlement into a cohesive touristic centre. The historical significance of the mine is considerable since it is the oldest preserved industrial area in Serbia and in the period from the building of the railway in 1892 until 1941 it was one of the most prosperous industrial regions in the country. 


1. Promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable rural development

2. Employment promotion measu

Programme/Project objectives

  1. Local human capacities improved for the fulfilment of various professional tasks relevant for sustainable development of Senjski Rudnik
  2. Senjski Rudnik surrounding landscape preserved for the sake of both environmental and economic sustainable development
  3. Rehabilitate an old industrial centre and a coal mine and converting them into a regional industrial heritage centre, contributing in this way to sustainable tourism and development

More details on project
  1. Technical assistance

Name:  Technical Assistance to the requalification of Senjski Rudnik old mine compund

Budget:  € 500.000

Brief summary of the project: The project will serve at two main purposes, such as to have local human capacities improved for the fulfilment of various professional tasks relevant for sustainable development of Senjski Rudnik and to have Senjski Rudnik surrounding landscape preserved for the sake of both environmental and economic sustainable development.


  1. Works

Name: Preserving and restoring cultural heritage facility in Senjski Rudnik: Reconstruction and restoration of the buildings of Aleksandar’s shaft

Budget:  € 900.000

Brief summary of the project: Restoration of three buildings of the historical complex of Senjski Rudnik: 1. The old mining company Administrative and shaft building (net inside area about 20 m2); 2. The old Workshop with smithy building (net inside area about 435 m2); 3. The old Warehouse – today a coal mine Museum building (net inside area about 580 m2). Restoration works include, inter alias: new floors, new thermal insulations, reparation of doors, windows, roofs, painting of internal and external walls, new heating, water and sewerage system, construction of a new aluminium-glass construction entrance hall of 76 m2 for the Workshop building and new addition to the Museum building of 160 m2 , new electricity and IT systems. Infrastructural works will include a new pipeline for water supply with fire fighting protection and a new heating pipeline connected to the existing boiler room.    

  1. Supervision

Name: Supervision of reconstruction and restoration of Aleksandar's shaft buildings

Budget:  € 100.000

Brief summary of the project: The purpose of this contract is the supervision of reconstruction and restoration of the buildings of Aleksandar's shaft buildings.