Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, was in Chartres on Monday, March 5, to visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres and to present the Government’s policy in favour of the restoration and enhancement of religious heritage.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Notre Dame Cathedral
de Chartres is a jewel of Gothic architecture. Since 2009,
its restoration program aims to enhance the historic and
The exceptional artistic form of the painted decoration, as well as the stained glass windows of the 13th century.

Recently, roses painted in trompe l'oeil were discovered at the entrance of the
nef. Five million euro is committed for the first two phases
which will concern the choir and the west bays.

The cathedral receives ERDF funding for its restoration programme
as well as funds provided by the State-Region Project Contract
2007/2013. It also benefits from the regular patronage of the Friends of the
Cathedral of Chartres, as well as Chartres, shrine of the world, as well as
by the GDF-SUEZ Foundation, within the framework of an agreement
signed with the Ministry, and the Crédit Agricole-Pays de

The religious heritage represents about 30% of the protected monuments park.
Approximately 48% of the appropriations earmarked for historical monuments and made available to the
services have been dedicated to it, representing more than €100 million. The
In addition to the maintenance and restoration of the
buildings, organs and objects. An important part of these means, or 30% of
is devoted to the 87 cathedrals that belong to the State (y
including the Basilica of Saint Denis).

Other operations have been undertaken such as the restoration of the Jacobin convent in
Reindeer, bell towers of the cathedral of Rouen, transepts of cathedrals of
Beauvais and Amiens, strengthening one of the two towers to install a
on the occasion of the jubilee of the Cathedral of Paris in 2013, without forgetting the
commitments to preserve the diversity of religious heritage present on our

In order to accompany the sector of historical monuments, the Government has put in
Since the end of 2008, a number of budget measures have been
heritage, including the Economic Recovery Plan, which will
In 2009-2010, an additional €100 million was made available, including €70 million
million (57.6 million in 2009) for historic monuments.

In addition, the appropriations entered in the Finance Act in action 1 of the heritage programme
below do not summarize the State’s effort towards historical monuments, which
integrates many major projects supported by its public institutions, in particular
the National Monuments Centre, the Louvre and Versailles.

In total, appropriations for the restoration of historic monuments have been
€294 million (LFI 2007) to €370 million (LFI 2012), part of the commitment
announced by the President of the Republic to spend 4 billion euros during
10 Years of Heritage.