The Minister of Culture said today in Viana do Castelo, where he was present at the parade of the Romaria d ‘Agonia, that the Costume Vianesa “has all the conditions” to integrate the indicative list of Portugal to World Heritage.
“The Vianese outfit is very, very well on the way. It has all the conditions to enter the indicative list, which is the first step to be able to apply for the UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] the Minister of Culture, Luís Filipe Castro Mendes.
The certification in the National Register of Traditional Craft Productions of the Costume to Vianesa, originated in the 19th century, was published in Diário da República at the end of 2016.
The costume assumes itself as a traditional symbol of the region, in its various forms, depending on the occasion and status of the woman. In linen and with various characteristic colors, where red and black stand out, it was used until about 120 years ago by the girls of the villages around the city of Viana do Castelo.
Asked by the journalists, at the end of the procession of the feasts of Our Lady of the Agony, which for about three hours covered the main arteries of the city, the governor explained that the indicative list is made by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage and then evaluated by the National Council of Culture.
“After being included in the indicative list, he joins the UNESCO National Commission, which is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and begins his journey towards consolidating an application,” he said, warning, for having already been an ambassador to UNESCO , that “even if you have a very valuable asset, you must work very well on the application”.
“Viana’s suit is in our priorities, but there are analyzes to be done by independent experts and experts. I think it is a project that is on the right track,” he said.
Luís Filipe Castro Mendes said that in this process the “Ministry of Culture only integrates the good into the indicative list, recognizing that the good has interest and deserves to be classified.”
“From then on it is an international process. It is to present the candidacy to UNESCO and to win it,” he added.
Regarding the classification of the Eiffel Bridge over the Lima River, which in June reached 140 years, as a national monument, as the chamber of the capital of Alto Minho aspires, the Minister of Culture said that the process “deserves attention” from the Government.
“The Eiffel bridge deserves our attention.It is interesting.The Vianesa suit is unique.There are many Eiffel bridges.This is a very interesting, very valuable, undoubtedly worth a rating but I think the great value here is the costume of Viana do Castelo that is a marvel, “he said, on the rostrum of honor, where he attended the cortege, wearing the Viana do Castelo costume.
Dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower and to the 50th anniversary of the procession to the sea, which takes place on Monday, the procession was attended by more than 3,000 people.
Vianafestas, the organization that organizes the Romaria d’Agonia, sold out more than 5,000 tickets available for the parade.
The Mayor of Viana do Castelo, José Maria Costa, estimated that the number of visitors that the city will host during the four days of celebration will be around one million.
The pilgrimage began on Friday with the stewardship parade and ends on Monday, a municipal holiday dedicated to Our Lady of Agony, the patron saint of fishermen.