European Heritage Days 2015 in Paris

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Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “... ... read more

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Paris European Heritage Days Overview

Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “Europe: a common heritage”. The European Heritage Days celebrate the shared histories of European countries along with the diversity that new immigrants contribute to European culture.

Every year in September and October, 50 countries take part in the European Heritage Days, offering over 20 million visitors access to over 30,000 cultural sites and landmarks. Each country selects its theme for the year and offers the public access to historical sites and monuments that aren’t normally open to visitors. European Heritage Days takes place at different times from September through October, and at different parts of each country every year, offering returning guests something new with each visit.

The goal of European Heritage Days is to highlight an important aspect of each European culture while bringing diverse European citizens together through this shared experience. New visitors to Europe have the chance to dive head first into a particular host country and seasoned travelers can rediscover a particular culture through each year’s changing theme.

In Paris, the European Heritage Days offer Parisians and travelers special access to the city’s most iconic museums, cathedrals, castles, and monuments. Each year for a weekend in September, the Heritage Days in Paris revolve around a new theme. Past themes have included Hidden Heritage, Great Personalities: When Men and Women Build History, and The Journey of Heritage.

Visit the house of the cultural icon George Sand and soak in her inspirations or take a tour of the stunning Menier factory in Noisiel. Learn about French architecture at the Canal du Midi or chase the ghosts of Henri IV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon at the Château de Pau. Whether you want to visit the city’s golden age with an exhibit on classic French art or peek at the eerily interesting displays at the Conservatory of Anatomy, there’s something for everyone at the European Heritage Days: Paris.

With cultural demonstrations, folk concerts, and tours, European Heritage Days Paris offer visitors the chance to soak in as much of authentic French heritage as time permits. Most events and landmark tours are free, but some of the more popular historical sites may require advanced registration. After discovering another side of French culture in Paris, celebrate this great City of Light by learning drinking traditions from the locals at the cafés and bars nearby.

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