Future for Religious Heritage is the European movement concerned for the fate of its endangered church buildings and their contents.
At its recent conference in Vicenza, Italy, CBRT was represented by John Gerrard. The conference debated the theme ”Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims”, with reference to developing and promoting Pilgrimage Routes such as those that criss-crossed the continent during the Middle Ages.
The economic benefits of religious cultural tourism were discussed, noting its value in securing an appropriate future for the many religious buildings to be found along the routes.
Examples presented included the revival of the historic Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome and beyond, involving over 100 locations en route.
The growing interest in reviving and promoting Scotland’s heritage of religious pilgrimage is set to benefit from the event and the contacts made at the meeting.