In 2005, at the initiative of France, various Member States of the European Union decided to create the European Heritage Label. Today, the Label has been adopted by the European Union and aims to highlight the European dimension of cultural property, monuments, cultural sites, places of memory, etc.. , witnesses of the history of Europe or of the construction of Europe.
The interactive map of European heritage
What is the European heritage label?
What are the procedures for awarding the «European heritage» label?
What are the advantages of the «European heritage» label?
How to apply?
The list of sites labeled «European heritage»
The interactive map of «European heritage», presents detailed sheets that allow you to discover these exceptional places and share them on social networks.
This label is awarded by the European European heritage sites and chosen for their symbolic value, the role they have played in European history and the activities they propose, which must to bring Europeans closer to their common history and to the European Union.
Its aim is to help European citizens to better understand the history of Europe and of the construction of the Union and that of their common cultural heritage, in particular with regard to the democratic values and human rights underlying the process of European integration, to raise awareness among European citizens, especially young people, and to strengthen intercultural dialogue through arts education, cultural and historical education.
To date, 48 European sites have been certified, including 5 French : Cluny (Burgundy), the house of Robert Schuman (Lorraine), the European district of Strasbourg (Alsace), the former concentration camp of Natzweiler and its ancillary camps (France-Germany), the place of Mémoire in Chambon-sur-Lignon (Haute-Loire).
The managers of the labelled sites undertake to highlight their site by meeting these objectives, to facilitate the sharing of experiences and the exchange of good practices, to improve their accessibility, to promote multilingualism in mediation tools, to develop artistic and cultural activities, particularly at European level.
The labelled site benefits from communication at European level and integrates the informal network of labelled sites, gathered once a year.
The Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Heritage and Architecture (DGPA) – examines French applications. A national jury selects the French application. It is then transmitted by the Ministry of Culture to the European Commission (once every two years).
Then, a European jury, appointed by the European Union, examines the applications submitted by the countries and proposes to award or not the Label.
Do you have an application? Contact the national coordinator (World Heritage Mission – DGPA at email@example.com) who will give you more information about the Label, its selection criteria and will accompany your application project.
Three types of sites can be labelled:
- Single site: single site application.
- National thematic site: several sites, located in the same Member State, which focus on a specific theme and submit a joint application.
- Transnational site: Several sites located in different Member States that focus on a specific topic and submit a joint application, or a site located in the territory of at least two Member States submit an application.
Below are the three application forms to download.
Calendar of the next labelling campaign
The next submission is in February 2023.
The Peace Palace, The Hague (Netherlands),
House of the Great Guild, Talinn (Estonia),
Carnuntum Archaeological Site, Petronell-Carnuntum (Austria)
Westerbock concentration camp (Netherlands).
Münster and Osnabrück – Westphalia Peace Sites (Germany)
Hambach Castle (Germany)
The Heart of the ancient city of Athens (Greece)
The Crown Archives of Aragon (Spain)
Residence of Students (Spain)
The Abbey of Cluny (France)
The House of Robert Schuman (France)
The European Pan Picnic Memorial Park (Hungary)
Alcide House-Museum in Gasperi (Italy)
The city of Kaunas (1919-1940) (Lithuania)
Lublin Union (Poland)
The Constitution of 3 May 1791 (Poland)
Gdańsk Shipyard (Poland)
The General Library of the University of Coimbra (Portugal)
The Treaty on the Abolition of the Death Penalty (Portugal)
Franja Partisans Hospital (Slovenia)
Krapina Neanderthal Site (Krapina, Croatia)
Přemyslides Castle and Archdiocesan Museum of Olomouc (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Pointe de Sagres (Portugal)
The Imperial Palace (Vienna, Austria)
Historical ensemble of the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia)
Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary)
Mundaneum (Mons, Belgium)
Cemetery 123 of the Eastern Front of the First World War (Łużna – Pustki, Poland)
European District of Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France)
Music Heritage Sites in Leipzig (Germany)
Le Bois du Cazier (Belgium)
The former Natzweiler concentration camp and its subsidiary camps (France-Germany)
Fort Cadine, Italy
Dohány Street Synagogue (Hungary)
The Village of Schengen (Luxembourg)
The Maastricht Treaty (Netherlands)
Sighet Memorial (Romania)
Javorca Church (Slovenie)
Werkbund Estates in Europe (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria)
Benevolent Colonies (Belgium and the Netherlands)
The place of Mémoire in Chambon-sur-Lignon (France)
The living heritage of Szentendre (Hungary)
The archaeological area of Ostia Antica (Italy)
The “Three Brothers”, Rīga (Latvia)
Łambinowice Memorial Site (Poland)
The underwater cultural heritage of the Azores (Portugal)
Zdravljica - Message of the European Spring of Nations, Ljubliana, Slovenia
Kynžvart Castle - Venue for diplomatic meetings, Lázně Kynžvart (Czech Republic)