The Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes programme was launched in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate, through space and time travel, that the heritage of the different European countries and their culture contribute to the common cultural heritage. The routes implement the fundamental values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, exchange and mutual enrichment across borders and centuries.
In 2019, the Council of Europe counts 38 Certified Cultural Routes, evoking the varied themes of memory, history and European heritage, and which contribute to the interpretation of the diversity of Europe today. Certified Cultural Routes are evaluated every 3 years.
European Cultural Routes that cross or combine sites of Burgundy-Franche-Comté:
- The Ways of Santiago de Compostela (1987)
- Heinrich Schickhardt route (1992)
- La Via Francigena (1994)
- Clunisian Sites in Europe (2005)
- Transromanica (2007)
- Iter Vitis, les Chemins de la vigne (2009), with the UNESCO Chair in Wine Culture and Traditions from the University of Burgundy.
- The Cistercian Abbey Route (2010)
- Destination Napoleon (2015)
- Les sites casadéens (2012)
The European Commission’s European Heritage Label
The European Heritage Label is intended to draw attention to sites that have played an essential role in the history, culture and development of the European Union, and to highlight their European dimension through information and education activities. The ultimate goal of the label is to strengthen citizens' sense of belonging to the European Union.
In Burgundy-Franche-Comté, it concerns the Abbey of Cluny (71).