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Historic Cafes Route

Historic Cafes Route will be happy to welcome Historic Cafés, Associations/Organizations/ Unions, Private or Public Bodies and private citizens into a unique Route that protects and promotes the history, heritage and legacy of Historic Cafes.

With nearly 90 members from 15 different countries, membership in the Historic Cafes Route grows steadily every year! All HCR members participate in an International Organization with specific aims and with specific aims and the objective to safeguard and promote Historic Cafes’ culture, heritage, history, arts, architecture, gastronomy…

All members must comply with the values and principles of the Council of Europe and namely Human Rights, Cultural democracy, Diversity, Mutual Understanding and Exchanges across boundaries.

We kindly invite you to join the Historic Cafes Route and be part of an amazing journey!

Benefits

Become a HCR member

Learn about the benefits of joining our international network for the promotion of Historic Cafes Route around the world:

Access to experts worldwide, to work together towards common goals for the protection and promotion of the Historic Cafes. Members meet once a year for the General Assembly to exchange ideas and strategies about the Route

Since 2014, the Route established important contacts at European & international level. The network has made strong relationships between members and EU Institutions, as well as with other European Cultural Routes, Associations, academics and experts linked to heritage, tourism, culture etc

HCR aims at establishing Historic Cafes as an element of intangible heritage at international level. Historic Cafes are currently considered as intangible cultural values in Greece and in Austria, by order of the ministries of Culture and UNESCO. Italy has also embarked on a similar effort, which will lead us to our next step, the international recognition of Historic Cafes as an important element of intangible heritage worldwide. Such development will protect Historic Cafes, while providing an opportunity for promotion and financial assistance though the relevant funds.

The HCR shall make every effort to guarantee that Historic Cafes will speak with a more audible and resonant voice when dealing with decision making bodies at national, European and global level, to guarantee the protection of European traditions and cultural heritage.

Cooperation is the key for success and, since 2014, HCR has been trying to organize common events to strengthen the bonds between the Historic Cafes’ members. Culture, arts, heritage, have always been at the core of each event. All members of the HCR are welcome to suggest and propose ideas for common events & projects.

The HCR is a prestigious Route, recognized internationally, present in international events, fora, seminars, etc. The HCR label is an added value for all members, as it gives them visibility and publicity through the official website, social media, publications etc both at European and international level

The HCR is already included in national sightseeing lists and aims to further develop its prestigious label by creating a unique product and rank high among tourist destinations internationally. HCR can and will work on the touristic development of European cities by promoting local gastronomy, traditions and heritage.

Requirements

Become a HCR member

The Historic Cafes Route envisages four membership categories: Historic Cafes represented by an owner, director or manager; Associations/Organizations/Unions, represented by a president, a manager or a director; Private or Public Bodies (as associate members), represented by a representative, director, president or manager and private citizens.

Please check if you meet most of the following requirements

If you are

  • Is it a Historic Café that was established not less than 100 years ago?
  • Has it hosted and still hosts intellectuals, writers, poets, painters, musicians, artists, politicians, actors and persons of the arts and letters?
  • Does the Café organize cultural events?
  • Does it possess a rich intangible heritage? Are there any antiques?
  • Does it possess a high quality of architectural heritage dating back at least to the 19th century?
  • Is the building or the city classified as Listed Monument?
  • Is it an Association/Organization/Union of Historic Cafés that have been established not less than 100 years ago?
  • Have some of these Historic Cafes hosted and still host intellectuals, writers, poets, painters, musicians, artists, politicians, actors and persons of the arts and letters?
  • Do some of these Historic Cafés organize cultural events?
  • Do these Cafes possess a rich intangible heritage? Do they have antiques?
  • Do these Cafes possess a high quality of architectural heritage dating back at least to the 19th century?
  • Are some of the buildings or the cities classified as Listed Monument?
  • Does your city have a Historic Café?
  • Do you promote the idea of tangible and intangible heritage?
  • Do you consider Historic Cafes as guardians of culture, heritage, tradition and arts?
  • Are you a Historic Cafes admirer?
  • Do you promote the idea of tangible and intangible heritage?
  • Do you consider Historic Cafes as guardians of culture, heritage, tradition and arts?

If the answer to most of these questions was YES, then click apply and fill the application form to become a member. At the same page you will find also the HCR legal statute. Following the submission of the form, the HCR will contact you for further information.

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Region of Crete

Under the Αuspices of:
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Regional Unit of Chania

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Municipality of Chania

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Chania Chamber of commerce & Industry

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Historical Archive of Crete

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