Get behind-the-scenes access and free entry to fascinating buildings across Paris with the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, September 16-17 2017
By Huw Oliver
When? September 16-17 2017 What? A continent-wide celebration of Europe’s rich architectural heritage. Where? Over 17,000 locations around France
An annual continent-wide event usually taking place on a weekend in the second half of September, the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine was conceived as an enormous celebration of Europe’s rich architectural heritage. And nowhere are festivities so extensive as they are in France. For the 34th edition on September 16-17 2017, more than 17,000 buildings and monuments, both world-renowned and lesser known, will open their doors to public.
While the more traditionally-minded may relish a trip to the various churches, mansions, cemeteries and libraries of Paris, the weekend is not just a celebration of the old. In fact, there will also be open-door policies at various modern art ateliers and a series of special visits to more contemporary monuments and parks.
During Journées du Patrimonie 2017, you can clack your heels on the polished parquet of Palais de l'Elysées or Palais du Luxembourg. You can also peep behind the scenes of buildings such as the Grand Rex or discover the world of media by visiting studios like Europe 1 or France Televisions.