Seaplane Harbor Claims International Prize ({{commentsTotal}})

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Europa Nostra, a Europe-wide cultural heritage federation backed by the EU and UNESCO, has handed Tallinn's Seaplane Harbor an award for architecture heritage conservation.

The museum claimed the prize at a ceremony held in Athens on Sunday, beating 15 other nominees to the prize, the Estonian Ministry of Culture said in a press release.

The panel tasked with picking the winner said the reinforced concrete building, originally constructed in 1912, is one of the most prominent landmarks in the history of European aviation, adding that the decisive factor for handing the seaplane harbor the award was the technical skill needed for the restoration.

Minister of Culture Rein Lang said the prize was the most prestigious heritage conservation site in Europe can be awarded.

The seaplane hangars were restored in 2012 at a cost of 15 million euros.