The French love their heritage more than 12 million visitors in 15,772 monuments and sites open to visit for the 26th edition of the European Heritage Days

The European Heritage Days confirmed on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September the deep bond that unites the French to their heritage in what is richest and most varied.

This year again, more than 12 million heritage lovers invested the 15,772 monuments and sites (compared to 15,168 in 2008) opened on this occasion, sometimes exceptionally, giving the time for a weekendend to the whole territory of the allures of great popular festival.

Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, welcomes the fact that this 26th edition of the Journées, under the banner of accessibility, has allowed all audiences to meet and in particular people with disabilities or who are far from the cultural offer.

It is with this requirement that many owners of monuments, public or private, have sought to facilitate the reception of all, proposing diverse modes of approach of the heritage - multisensory routes, shared readings in the dark, guided tours in sign language, visits in Braille, etc. - and thus allowing everyone to renew their view of the milestones of a shared history.

It is in this same spirit that heritage has also been invited through specific animations within certain hospitals or prisons.

The Minister of Culture and Communication welcomes the commitment of all associations, private owners and local authorities who each year contribute to the success of this event. Finally, it pays tribute to the associations that work to facilitate access to culture for all.
The European Heritage Days benefited this year from the support of the Confederation of Craft and Small Building Enterprises (CAPEB), Kärcher France, RATP and media partners: France télévisions and France Inter.

Results across regions:

If the French have been able to discover or rediscover the monuments and sites close to home, in the neighbouring city, in their department or their region, they have also been able to appreciate the exceptional opening of the high places of the Republic. The places of power once again attracted the French: 20,912 visitors crossed the doors of the Elysée Palace on Sunday. At 18:00 on Sunday there had been 27,500 visits to the Senate, 9,000 to the Ministry of the Interior. The Matignon hotel received 5,150 visitors, while another 2,800 visited the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget, 5,100 visited the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and 6,800 visited the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The partners of this 26th edition, such as the RATP, which opened its Champion workshops for the first time and organized an exhibition of vintage vehicles, received more than 22,000 visits. The headquarters of France Télévisions received 5,000 visits on Sunday and more than 20,000 in the group’s various premises.
In Alsace, the Holhandsbourg Castle in Wintzenheim in the Upper Rhine with free and guided tours received 2,700 visits, while another 1,500 visited the European centre of the site of the former Struthof camp in Natzwiller in the Lower RhineRhine to participate in the circuits with reading and projection. The Wesserling Park circuit in Husseren-Wesserling called “Heritage for Children” attracted 1,000 children and parents. The castle of Haut-Koenigsbourgh in Orschwiller in the Bas-Rhin, hosted
7,500 people.

In Aquitaine in Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, the activities organized by the CAPEB interested 80 people while 400 others attended concerts, free and guided tours in the former convent of the Annunciades in Bordeaux, Gironde, now the seat of the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs. The castle of the dukes of Epernon in Cadillac, Gironde, has opened its doors to 800 people for free or guided tours.

In Auvergne, the royal estate of Randan in the Puy-de-Dôme welcomed 2,000 people while 2,600 others went to the Centre national du costume de scène in Moulins in the Allier. The cloister of Puy-en-Velay Cathedral in the Haute-Loire region received 3,400 visitors.

In Burgundy, the archaeological site of Alésia in Alise Sainte-Reine in Côte-d'Or fascinated 350 visitors during free or guided tours. The themed events in the thermal baths of Saint-Honoré-les-Bains in Nièvre interested 250 people while 800 others visited Dijon, Côte-d'Or, the departmental archives.
In Brittany, the prehistoric site of Locmariaquer in Morbihan received 850 people. The Fort de Mengant battery in Plouzane in Ille-et-Vilaine opened for the first time and attracted 3,800 visitors. The Brittany Museum in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, labelled Tourism and Handicap, attracted 3,000 visitors for visits on the theme of the Gallo-Roman Armoric.

In the Centre region, George Sand’s estate in Nohant-Vic in the Indre region attracted 600 visitors for free and commented visits while 2,000 others attended performances at the Jacques Coeur Palace in Bourges, Cher. The animations for the young public set up at the preceptory of Arville in the Loir-et-Cher have aroused the enthusiasm of 400 children and parents.
In Corsica, the Aléria Archaeology Museum in Haute-Corse received 1,300 visits while the semaphore of Ile-Rousse was visited by 250 people. The citadel and ramparts of Bonifacio in South Corsica welcomed 530 visitors.

In Franche-Comté, the Château de Joux in La-Cluse-et-Mijoux in the Doubs during its guided tours gathered 1,500 people during the weekend. The departmental archives of Belfort received 150 visitors and the castle of Oricourt in Haute-Saône hosted 630 visits for an exhibition of works of art.
In Guadeloupe, on Saturday, the house of architecture and heritage of Basse-Terre opened its doors to 275 people for an exhibition on the restoration of paintings. For its first participation the Routa distillery, Le Lamentin, interested 120 people. The Parc des roches gravées aux Trois-Rivières, listed as a Historic Monument, received 250 visits.

In Guyana, on Saturday, 150 people went to the Relegation camp in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. The Pagare cultural centre in Rémire welcomed 180 visitors. Fort Diamand received 500 visits.

In Ile-de-France, the archaeological site of Etiolles, Essonne, has fascinated 1,200 children and parents with its animations for young audiences. In Paris, the National Archives in the 3rd arrondissement received 6,000 visits, while in the 6th arrondissement the Monnaie de Paris received 5,000 visitors. The website of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, open only on Sundays, was visited by 6,500 people who also took advantage of the workshops for children, while 950 others went to the Musée de la Musique in the 19th century for tactile tours and manipulations of instruments and accessories. The City of Architecture and Heritage has opened its doors to 5,700 people. In the Paris region, the working-class city of Menier in Noisiel, City and country of art and history, in the Seine-et-Marne region, received 11,500 visits. The Sèvres factory in the Hauts-de-Seine region offered 3,500 visitors educational and guided tours of the workshops. The Basilica of Saint-Denis in the Seine-Saint-Denis region offered 3,500 people sensory visits, concerts, special itineraries during the weekend…

In Languedoc-Roussillon, the National Choreographic Centre and the City of Agora in Montpellier welcomed 850 people, while 2,800 others went to the Pontifical Chartreuse du Val-de-Benefits in Villeneuve-les-Avignon, listed as a Historic Monument, for visits and conferences. The Camille Claudel psychotherapeutic center in Béziers, Hérault, opened its doors to 50 visitors enjoying an exhibition of patients' works. The Lagrasse Abbey in Aude, rehabilitated thanks to the Government’s recovery plan, received 1,500 visitors.
In Limousin, the activities of Limoges, Haute-Vienne, attracted 880 people while 40 others went to the Gallo-Roman site of the Cars in Saint-Merd-Les-Oussines in Corrèze to participate in guided tours. The departmental museum of contemporary art in Rochechouat, Haute-Vienne, has opened its doors to 360 people with playful discoveries and play-books for children.

In Lorraine, the Governor’s Palace in Nancy, Meurthe and Moselle received 2,016 free and guided visits, and the Royal Manufacture in Bains-les-Bains, Vosges, with many activities – concerts, conferences – attracted 1,000 people. The former semi-freedom centre in Metz, Moselle, for its first participation attracted 1,015 visitors.

In Martinique, the seismological volcanological observatory of Martinique in Fonds-Saint-Denis interested 110 people while 293 others went to the departmental archaeological museum in Fort de France. The Earth Sciences Discovery Centre in Saint-Pierre opened its doors to 278 people.

In the Midi-Pyrénées, the museum of the Tarn jump, labeled Tourism and handicap, received 250 visits on the theme of the senses. The headquarters of the Drac, hotel des Chevaliers de Saint-Jean-de-jerusalem, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, opened exceptionally was visited by 2,800 people enjoying exhibitions, concerts, slideshows. The regional prefecture in Toulouse has excited 3,600 people.

In Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the citadel of Montreuil in Pas-de-Calais received 2,000 visitors while 1,500 others went to the Villa Cavroix in Croix, Nord, to enjoy the entertainment. 3,600 people also took advantage of the guided tours and conferences at the Lille Opera in the North.

In Lower Normandy, the Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen, Calvados, received 6,400 visits, while the Château de Carrouges, Orne, welcomed 1,111 visitors for guided tours and workshops around taste. The Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey welcomed 12,400 people for workshops, tours and guided tours.

In Upper Normandy, the Château de Gaillon, Eure, has exceptionally opened its doors to 2,200 people by proposing stone-cutting initiations and concerts. The archdiocese of Rouen in Seine-Maritime welcomed 1,500 visitors. The Château Gaillard, Les Andelys, in the Eure, received 3,000 visits.
In the Pays-de-la-Loire, the mining centre of Faymoreau, Vendée, has offered numerous activities – exhibitions, free or guided tours, tactile tours – to 670 visitors. The Château d'Angers, Maine-et-Loire, celebrating the 600th anniversary of King René, received 8,800 visits. The prefecture of Nantes has opened its doors exceptionally to 850 people by proposing an exhibition realized in collaboration with the FRAC.
In Picardy, the Beauvais tapestry factory received 350 visits. The Amiens Cathedral Treasure House celebrated its reopening with 930 visitors. Compiègne National Estate received 5,500 visits.

In Poitou-Charentes, the Abbey of Saint-Savin, Vienna, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, received 680 visits during its guided visits in sign language. The archaeological park Cassinomagus in Chassenon in the Charente at its first opening welcomed 500 visitors. Fort Vauban de Fouras in Charente-Maritime welcomed 800 people for visits and an exhibition.

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the former Roure factory in Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes opened for the first time interested 250 people with guided tours. 1,000 visitors visited the Abbey of Montmajour in Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône. The Regional Prefecture of Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, attracted 1,800 visits.

On Reunion Island on Saturday, Villa Carrère in Saint-Denis opened its doors to 4,000 people for its first participation. The Circuit Saint-Pierre and its heritage gathered 7,348 people while 2,865 others went to the department villa in Saint-Denis.

In Rhône-Alpes, the Annecy Castle Museum in Haute-Savoie welcomed 8,000 people. The children’s house in Izieu, Ain, received 300 visits. The Urfé building in Saint-Etienne-le-Molard, Loire, welcomed 1,400 people. The office of Edouard Herriot in Lyon, opened for the first time, presented the objects to 700 people with a photo exhibition and conferences.