ISTER ConnectIng hiSTorical Danube rEgions Roman routes

ISTER project firstly addresses the challenge of Roman heritage discontinuity, which reflects both in a territorial dimension related to a low level of investment and connection between heritage resources and local/ regional productive sectors, as well as in visualisation and attractiveness dimensions regarding the promotion and awareness raising on the importance of heritage resources as drivers for regional development. Stepping further the isolated/ detached Roman settlements heritage, ISTER tackles the territorial dimension of the Roman Routes, as a contiguous transnational element that passes DR states’ borders and provides a relevant scale for exchange and joint development. Therefore, ISTER’s main objective focuses on rediscovering and revitalizing the ancient Roman Roads Network along the DR as a key driver in promoting territorial development based on sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage (specifically, Roman routes). ISTER promotes this Roman roads and settlements network as a catalyst for touristic development, as well as an opportunity for territorial competitiveness and sustainable growth of Danube crossed-regions. To increase local attractiveness, ISTER is leveraging on three key assets:
  1. Adopting a multi-layered governance chain aimed at strengthening knowledge framework and institutional capacities of DR actors through capacity building and collective knowledge mapping;
  2. Using advanced tools and technologies for enhancing non-physical accessibility, visibility and valorisation of Roman routes and settlements network, laying the foundation for a thematic cultural route based on Roman heritage with a narrative function, reviving ancient assets and promoting non-renewable and fragile, but yet unexplored and unexploited Roman legacy;
  3. Acquiring the shift from old policy approaches (protection through isolation) to new, integrative methods for improving the policy and regulatory framework in Danube crossed-regions.
ConnectIng hiSTorical Danube rEgions Roman routes
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2067958.95
ERDF Contribution: 1663585.1
IPA Contribution: 94180
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
National Museum for the History of Transylvania Lead partner Romania
URBASOFIA SRL ERDF partner Romania
Alba Iulia Municipality ERDF partner Romania
Bulgaria Economic Forum ERDF partner Bulgaria
DDTG Danube Development Transnational Group nonprofit limited liability company ERDF partner Hungary
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Project News

  • ISTER - “You are World Heritage”
    - 05-05-2021
    “You are World Heritage”

    To mark its 25th anniversary, the German Limes Road Association (ISTER AP) invited all Limes fans to take part in a photo shoot contest called “You are World Heritage” last year. The public could “capture exciting moments, unusual views on the...

    - 15-04-2021

    History Initially erected as a temporary winter camp in the year 6 AD, Carnuntum grew between the 1st and 4th century AD into a city of about 50,000 and became the capital of the Roman province of Pannonia Superior. Besides the legionary...

  • ISTER - The tourist attraction of the Roman era objectives from Apulum
    - 25-03-2021
    The tourist attraction of the Roman era objectives from Apulum

    In the Roman era, Apulum (Alba Iulia nowadays) was the most important urban center in the East of the Roman Empire. The traces of the Roman castrum from Apulum, archaeologically researched and touristically highlighted, are part of the „European...

  • ISTER - Good communication results are a merit of everyone's efforts in the consortium
    - 15-03-2021
    Good communication results are a merit of everyone's efforts in the consortium

    Each new beginning requires more effort until the rules are created, adopted and implemented. The biggest challenge at the start of the ISTER project was to build trust and cooperation between partners who have never previously met and who are...

  • ISTER - Augmented Reality(AR) system, at Principia Museum
    - 18-02-2021
    Augmented Reality(AR) system, at Principia  Museum The first Augmented Reality(AR) system operated in Alba Iulia was achieved through the „Virtual dialogues with the visitors of the ”Principia” Museum“, a smart project of Alba...

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