Cultural heritage is the sum-total of historical sites, neighbourhoods, art collections and practices that a society inherits form its past and tries to preserve for futuregenerations, However, the development of cultural tourism, the imkportance of artistic pursuits and the vitality of art markets, testify to the economic value of this heritage. There is nothing wrong in emphasising the economic dimension provided we respect two conditions. The first is to look upon our cultural heritage as a source of several heritage-related services. The second is not to chosse between various cultural options for economic reasons. On the basis of these principles, this book will try to elucidate the economic dimensions and potential of our cultural heritage, the management methods used by those who hold ownership rights or the right of use of cultural properties and define the future grounds for state intervention.