Sokograd Conservation Study

The conservation study of cultural monument “SOKOGRAD” in the municipality of Sokobanja in Serbia, was created on the basis of expressed needs for defining priorities and determining guidelines for planning and technical documentation development for the protection, presentation and revitalization of this immovable cultural property, based on the initiative of the Institute for Protection cultural monuments of Niš and the Municipality of Sokobanja.

The current condition of cultural monuments is extremely worrying.
Conservation and restoration works have not been performed for several decades, and the current maintenance of the complex is not carried out regularly or in an organized manner.
In order to provide conditions for the protection and arrangement of immovable cultural property, it is necessary to organize a unique and developed management system of the entire complex and ensure the inclusion of this area in the development plans of the municipality, region and the Republic of Serbia.
The first step is certainly the preparation of spatial planning and urban documentation, but this also includes emergency interventions to secure critical parts of buildings and complexes.

Sokograd, photo from the Conservation Study, 1984.

The second step is the development and implementation of projects for the conservation and restoration of architectural remains cultural monument, followed by detailed arrangement and presentation.
Sokograd already represents a significant and well-known tourist destination and attracts a certain number of visitors.

Sokograd, photo from the Conservation Study, 1969.

All of the above should be accompanied by a systematic and responsible approach to providing formal legal conditions for the smooth implementation of plans and programs of all stakeholders.

Sokograd-research and conservation team, photo from the Conservation Study, 1971.

The Study dates to 2017. and it consists of: detailed description of the middle ages fortification, historic data, chronological analysis, review of previously performed conservation works, review of the available documentation, published articles, plans and technical documents, and further more: swot-analysis, action planning and future research and conservation agenda.