From 17 June to 17 July 2019, the Ministry of Culture is presenting an exhibition on the Council of Europe’s cultural routes in the lobby of the Bons Enfants building.

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, said: Material and intangible heritage is one of the major elements in the construction of a Europe of Culture. The Council of Europe’s cultural routes cross borders and unite countries around common themes. I am pleased that France is the country from which most of these circuits radiate. »

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and organized within the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Institute of Cultural Routes in the Grand-Duchy of LuxembourgDuchy of Luxembourg, this exhibition of about thirty kakemonos marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe and the 60th anniversary of the Ministry of Culture.

Today, 30 of the 38 certified routes in Europe cross France. For example, Notre-Dame de Paris is at the crossroads of 7 routes: Route Saint-Martin de Tours, European Route of Jewish Heritage, Clunisian Sites in Europe, Via Charlemagne, Destination Napoleon, Routes of the Impressionists, and the Route of Liberation in Europe.

France is very attached to this flagship programme of the Council of Europe. It has supported it since its creation in 1997 by Catherine Lalumière, then Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, because it contributes to a better awareness of the European identity and project and to the construction of the Greater Europe of heritage.

The cultural routes cover the entire European continent, are aimed at all audiences and cover a wide range of themes: heritage, landscapes, intangible heritage and ideas, artistic creation, music, literature and the construction of a Europe of peace and spirit. These cultural routes show, through a journey through space and time, that heritage and culture are shared by different European countries, that they connect European citizens to each other, around fundamental values: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, intercultural dialogue, access to heritage, ....

Finally, these routes are not only tourist routes, they are a key resource for the attractiveness of territories, responsible tourism and sustainable development.

Exhibition: Cultural routes of the Council of Europe in France

June 17 - July 17, 2019, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8 pm

Opening: June 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Ministry of Culture, 182 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris