Les journées européennes du patrimoine (or European Heritage Days) is one of the biggest events of the year in France and its coming up soon: The 36th edition will be held on the weekend of the September 21-22. 

Les journées européennes du patrimoine is like a big open house. For one weekend only, visitors are invited to go behind the scenes and discover iconic historical and cultural sites and monuments that are not usually open to the public. The program features over 17,000 sites with nearly 26,000 events all over France. 

Top: Sorbonne Université © DR. Above: Archives Nationales, Paris / Les journées européennes du patrimoine

The theme for the 2019 edition is Arts and Entertainment. Sites include museums, theaters, cinemas, stadiums, and more—both old and new. Participating venues host guided tours, workshops, performances, and many other activities (often for free).

There is one exhibition in particular that’s a must-see this year: Revoir Notre-Dame, which will be held at the Palais Royal. The exhibition will feature the original elements from the spire and roof that survived the tragic April 15 fire: the rooster, two bronze statues representing the Evangelists, and the bust of architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, which were removed just two days before the fire for restoration. These will be accompanied by archival documents, surveys, and photographs.

Château de Carneville © Ouiflash

To view the full program, click here.

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at Monash and The University of Melbourn. She has worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she has a particular interest French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Ali has lived in Paris since 2016 and has written extensively on art, food, beauty and more. Her work has in publications including BW Confidential, Oh My Mag, and HIP Paris.

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