More than 20 million people are expected to participate in the European Heritage Days taking place every year in September in 50 countries across Europe. This joint action of the European Commission and Council of Europe gives access to thousands of rarely opened sites and unique events.
This year, the European Heritage Days have an outstanding variety of events and monuments open to the public, on topics as diverse as Hidden heritage (France), the Experience of Heritage (Slovenia), Meeting place (Norway) or Medieval Tombstones (Montenegro).
Launched in 1985, the European Heritage Days have been organised since 1999 as a joint action of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The 50 signatory States to the European Cultural Convention take part in the European Heritage Days by putting new cultural assets on view and opening up historical buildings normally closed to the public. The cultural events highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art, but the broader aim is to promote mutual understanding among citizens.
For more information about the programme by country: www.ehd.coe.int