On 17 & 18 September 2011, more than 12 million visitors, curious, passionate, with family or friends, responded to the invitation of the Ministry of Culture and Communication to participate in the 28th edition of the European Heritage Days.

Almost 30 years after their creation, the European
heritage attract the growing support of heritage stakeholders
with 16,136 open sites and monuments (compared to 15,432 in
2010), of which 1,090 opened for the first time and 3,071
exceptionally the public. This cultural offer of a very large
wealth reflects the will of public and private owners,
cultural institutions, local authorities to make the
heritage accessible to the greatest number.

The Minister of Culture and Communication wanted to place these
travel-themed days to remind all visitors that the
French heritage is built by swaps, borrowings and
discoveries. The challenge of this 28th edition has therefore been met: the French
have (re)discovered the riches of a living and open heritage, through
the diversity of the monuments and the quality of the animations proposed.

The Palais-Royal opened its doors at 9am on Saturday morning to
allow visitors to enter the department’s most beautiful salons
Culture and Communication and discover the exhibition
exceptional manuscripts of Robespierre, recently acquired by
the State to enrich the collections of the Archives de France, behind the scenes
Council of State, notably through a multimedia exhibition for
present its activities: How does it advise the Government and the
Parliament? How does he judge conflicts between citizens and powers
public? How does it manage the courts and courts of the
administrative? , and, finally, behind the scenes of the Constitutional Council.

The Bons-Enfants building, home of the administrative services of the
Ministry of Culture and Communication, presented a
Exhibition on the ornate caves. Abbé Breuil and André Leroi-
Gourhan», a return on the research around parietal art, between art and
archaeology. Around the national theme, the Ministry also hosted
an exhibition, in collaboration with the Union professionnelle de la carte
postal (UPCP), on the 120 years of the photographic postcard
French» invites you to travel through time and space.

The new label Maisons des Illustres, launched by the Minister on 13
last September has won a large audience. Many Houses
Illustrious Open exceptionally for the Days
European heritage have been extremely successful, including the
Moulin de Villeneuve, house offered by Louis Aragon to Elsa Triolet
located in Saint-Arnoult en Yvelines

Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication,
pays tribute for their commitment to all heritage stakeholders,
public and private owners, associations, local authorities
who participate in the success of this event. he thanks
private and media partners - the Confederation of
craft and small building enterprises (CAPEB), Michelin, the
RATP, the daily Metro, France Télévisions, Radio France and Art &
Decoration – for their support for this 28th edition of the European Days
heritage.