The Swiss Religious Heritage Day is dedicated to current issues on church building in Switzerland. It supports the exchange between decision - makers from the church, historic preservation and the public as part of a congress, that takes place every two years.
On average, church buildings are renovated every thirty years. This involves mostly smaller or larger renovations and redesigns, with wich the rooms are adapted to new liturgical as well as aesthetic needs. Nowadays it is more often thought about, how churches and parish houses can get extended uses or whether they should be sold or demolished.
The responsibility for the church properties lies with the parishes. These are accompanied by the historic preservation, where it is listed buildings. Church and historic preservation approach with different orders to rebuild/renovation projects. Against the background of their 2000 year history, churches have the order/mission to remain a living church. They assess building projects from a present and future perspective. The historic preservation has the task to ensure that the history of our society remains legible in the long term on important testimonies of its construction activity. It assesses building projects from the perspective of cultural memory.
It is essential that the leaders of the church and the historic preservation know and understand each others mandates and concerns in order to work well together. The Swiss Religious Heritage Day offers a neutral forum for dialogue. Moreover, it is a platform for the exchange of questions, know-how and visions beyond canton and confessional boundaries. And finally, it also invites an extended public to communicate, in the conviction that churches are public buildings that belong to the generality.