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France celebrates heritage days despite Covid disruptions

The journées européennes du patrimoine will go ahead this weekend despite some events being cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. 

The two-day cultural programme offers people in France the opportunity to access interesting sites around the country that are usually closed to the public. 

There are events held in castles, theatres, old department stores, exotic gardens etc. 

A full list of sites that are participating this year can be found on the culture ministry’s website here

However, certain departments have cancelled their events over coronavirus concerns, including Nice, the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier and others. 

You can find more details on the cancellations here

This weekend marks the 37th edition of the event and the theme is ‘heritage and education: learning for life’. Over 5,000 events are listed in the programme. 

Minister for culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin said she hoped the days would be a “monumental pleasure for everyone”. 

As part of the programme, the Ministère de la Culture has made a video tour of the renovation work being carried out on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. You can watch the video here

The first journées du patrimoine were held on September 23 1984.

Read more:

Thousands of Heritage Days events cancelled across France

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