The 18 iconic sites in the region were unveiled on 16 March by the Mission for the Safeguarding of Endangered Heritage. They give pride of place to diversity and attractiveness.

« Restoring heritage means not only renovating «old stones», it means restoring an imagination, a history, the dreams that built them Is there a better definition of the impetus to rehabilitate our buildings than that given by Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture? A momentum that also represents, continues the Minister, “ a formidable catalyst for citizen mobilization ', whose ambition is ' to offer a new life to a place, to open it to the inhabitants, to welcome projects that create meaning and connection ».

It is this same momentum that has led, for six years, the Mission for the safeguarding of endangered heritage led by Stéphane Bern, in partnership with the Heritage Foundation and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and FDJ to be designated each year after the French vote on the platform, 18 emblematic sites throughout the territory. Since 2018, 762 sites have been restored, including 108 regional heritage projects. The 2023 vintage was unveiled on Thursday, March 16.

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Diversity and attractiveness

Like every year, what strikes first is the eclecticism of the buildings and sites selected. “ For this 6th edition, says Stéphane Bern, these 18 new emblematic sites reflect once again the diversity of our precious heritage: whether it is agricultural or vernacular, industrial or worker, religious consecrated or desecrated, archaeological, castle or illustrious house… heritage is everyone’s business ». These include a Roman aqueduct-bridge at Ansignan (Pyrénées-Orientales), an old sugar factory, at Trois-Rivières (Guadeloupe), the house of Colomba, at Fozzano (South Corsica) and the synagogue of Elbeuf (Seine-Maritime).  

The other important aspect is the renewed attractiveness of these sites. ' Behind every saved sitestresses Rima Abdul Malak, they are committed residents who fight to revive their heritage, volunteers who follow the construction sites, local businesses and artisans who carry the passion for heritage and know-how of our regions every day.According to Stéphane Bern, the ambition is also to if necessary, assign them a new educational and inclusive vocation in order to transmit it in a sustainable way to future generations In short, a major cultural and territorial issue.

Heritage mission: the 18 iconic sites selected

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Abbey of Saint-Antoine in Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye (Isère)
Burgundy-Franche-Comté: Old Saint Vincent Cathedral in Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire)
Brittany: Château de Montmuran aux Iffs (Ille-et-Vilaine)
Centre-Val de Loire: Lorin Workshops in Chartres (Eure-et-Loir)
Corsica: House of Colomba Fozzano (South Corsica)
Greater East: Wingerter-Ruhlmann potter workshop Betschdorf (Lower Rhine)
Hauts-de-France: Chartreuse Notre-Dame-des-Prés Neuville-sous-Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais)
Ile-de-France: Gallo-Roman archaeological site Châteaubleau (Seine-et-Marne)
Normandy: Synagogue of Elbeuf (Seine-Maritime)
Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Saint John Abbey in Sorde-l'Abbaye (Landes)
Occitania: Roman aqueduct bridge Ansignan (Pyrénées-Orientales)
Pays de la Loire: Moulin du Pavé dit «de Brissac» in Garennes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire)
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: Michel Pacha Institute of Marine Biology in La Seyne-sur-Mer (Var)
Guadeloupe: Former Belleville House Sugar Mill in Trois-Rivières
Martinique: City hall to Holy Spirit
Guyana: Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Saul
The Meeting: Old chapel of Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc in Saint-André
Mayotte: Former Prefecture - House of Governors in Dzaoudzi