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The procedure for classification as a Historic Monument dates from 1840. It concerns buildings of "public interest from the point of view of the history of art". This procedure also applies to land containing buried archaeological remains. There is an additional registration procedure : some buildings or sites presenting "sufficient historical or artistic interest to make their preservation desirable, can be entered on a supplementary inventory". Any plan to modify these monuments or sites must be authorised by the Ministre de la culture or the Conservation Régionale des monuments historiques (Regional Historic Monuments Preservation Board) (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles [Regional Board of Cultural Affairs]). Click to enlarge 
Map of areas protected as Historic Monuments
The most remarkable monuments or certain significant sites in the Vienne urban area tend to be protected as historic monuments as they are discovered. Still others deserve this recognition. In an urban area such as the one formed by Vienne, Saint-Romain-en-Gal and Sainte-Colombe, with a population of about 35,000, lack of resources makes it difficult to develop such a large archaeological site. A great many significant remains rest forgotten, or unrecognised even though they are protected as historic monuments (the Odeum, the supporting walls of the Pipet Sanctuary , the walls of the Gère, the "Mirror Palace"...).
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