Under the theme of Arts and Entertainment, the 36th edition of the European Heritage Days, which this year attracted more than 12 million visitors, confirms the passion of French people for their heritage.

Under the theme Arts and Entertainment, the 36e The European Heritage Days, which this year attracted more than 12 million visitors, confirms the French people’s passion for their heritage. During the weekend of September 21 and 22, they were able to discover or rediscover the heritage of shows, sports, games and toys, but also the diversity of our intangible heritage.

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, welcomes the success of this great popular event dedicated to the presentation of national heritage: “a great moment of national cohesion on the occasion of which every Frenchman, every young person, every adult has felt this emotion that is unique to these places full of history, of our history.”

One of the highlights was the discovery, by more than 8,000 visitors, of the exhibition Revoir Notre-Dame de Paris at the Ministry of Culture, which offered an exceptional opportunity to admire the original elements of the cathedral’s spire: the cock rescued from the fire of April 15, 2019, as well as two statues of the evangelists and the bust of the architect Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc en Saint-Thomas deposited for restoration a few days before the fire.

On the eve of the event, on Friday, September 20, more than 800 sites hosted the first edition of “Look up!” , an operation launched with the Ministry of National Education and Youth, which invited schoolchildren from kindergarten to the end of their studies to discover their heritage, under the guidance of their teachers. Thus the Minister of Culture received 300 students from Paris who came to enjoy the European Heritage Days.

Franck Riester would like to warmly thank all the public and private owners of historic monuments, the National Monuments Centre, the network of Cities and Countries of Art and History, the Heritage Foundation, the Fédération nationale des Conseil d'architecture, d'urbanisme et de l'environnement, the Fondation du patrimoine, the Vieilles Maisons françaises and the Demeure Historique.

Placed under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, this edition also benefited from the support of: Lidl, Crédit Agricole, Fondation d'entreprise Michelin, Nestlé France Foundation, RATP, Journée du transport public, Mairie de Paris, Phenix Stories, All History, 20 Minutes, Radio France and France Télévisions. The Mission Bern and the Française des Jeux also joined the event for the second year.

In 2020, the 37e European Heritage Days will be held on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September.