European Heritage Days
Heritage for all !
Each year since 1984, the Ministry of Culture invites an ever-growing public to discover places particularly rich in heritage. These events, which began in all of Europe in 1991, are now organized in over 50 countries.
For a weekend, national works holding a common heritage are opened up to the public whereas they are not always available the rest of the year, such as the presidential palace of Elysée.
The 2013 edition is also occasion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a law passed on December 31, 1913, which was a founding text in the protection of historical monuments in France.
From the best-known to the most unusual, there are close to 16,000 sites holding more than 20,000 activities who will welcome all kinds of visitors during the third weekend in September throughout France.
One year, one theme
Every year the ministry of culture proposes a different theme to guide the celebration of heritage in order to offer novel site openings and original programming (such as guided visits, workshops and demonstrations, concerts, theatrical reenactments, and itinieraries.)
The year 2013 holds a particular significance for the world ofheritage as it is the centennial of the law of December 31st, 1913, making it an occasion to celebrate the preservation of France’s heritage thanks to the law that helped make it possible.
Prominent places in Paris :
- Elysée Palace
Official residence of the President of the French Republic.
- Luxembourg Palace (Sénat)
The Luxembourg Palace in Paris’ sixth arrondissement is located north of the garden of Luxembourg. It has been the headquarters France’s senate since 1799, and the palace was built in the early 17th century following the reign of Queen Marie de’Medici.
- Hôtel de Matignon
This 18th century mansion was owned by various families of nobles, including the Montmorencys, before being seized and taken over by the French government in 1922. Matignon is the official residence and workplace of the head of the French government.
- National Assembly
The façade of the Assembly dates back to the Napoleonic era and its structure is reminiscent of the Grand Trianon of Versailles. The Bourbon Palace, completed in 1728, occupies 124,000 m².
- Royal Palace (Ministry of Culture)
Built by Richelieu in 1628, this suberb architectural structure issurrounded by a calm and nostalgic garden. It still has sights set on the future however, with contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury.
Well-known museums and monuments:
- The Carreau de Rodolphe in Alsace
- Hôtel de Salm, the Palace of the Legion of Honorin Paris
- The château of Maintenon in Eure-et-Loire
- The grotto of Mas d'Azil in Midi-Pyrénées
- The white city in Rhône-Alpes
- France Télévison headquarters
- Different kinds of factories and plants
- Public transportations behind the scenes
The full program will be available as of August 20th.