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2005 Award of Merit

Dutch Reformed Church

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Jury Citation

A landmark building in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Galle, the Dutch Reformed Church has been admirably restored through the collaboration of the local parish, the Central Cultural Fund, and the Dutch government.  A systematic and holistic conservation plan has successfully restored the building and its historic interior fittings.  Inappropriate later additions were carefully removed, while historically important changes were retained, such as the stained glass windows. The project has mobilized traditional local crafts and traditional materials as well as technical conservation techniques.  As a living monument in continuous use from the time of its establishment as the first Protestant church on the island to the present day, the restoration of the Church celebrates the hybrid cultural traditions of the historic settlement.