European Heritage Days

Journées européennes du patrimoine
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Heritage and Communities

Theme : Heritage and Citizenship

Date : 17 et 18 September 2016

This 33rd edition of the European Heritage Days in France is placed under the theme “Heritage and citizenship”: an opportunity to apprehend the emblematic places and monuments where citizenship has been built and in which it is experienced every day.
Heritage represents a structuring landmark in time and space. It embodies and symbolizes the evolution of arts and culture, but also the ideas which shaped our history.
To understand and to know heritage is to understand and know society in which we live in, to apprehend the values on which it constructs itself. Heritage incarnates in essence the idea of the common good, it highlights the collective society in which every citizen can recognize itself, regardless of its origins.
What makes someone a citizen? By allowing the visit of many historic and civic places, the European Heritage Days will bring a practical answer. Being a citizen is a matter of conviction and engagement in all areas fields : education, environment, savoir vivre, civic spirit, etc. So many topics associated with places and acts, from the Valmy Mill to the European Parliament of Strasbourg, from the Palais Bourbon to the Mont Valérien, etc.
Over 17 000 places opened to the public, will picture citizenship and its implications.

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