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Journées européenes du patrimoine 2012: 15-16 September

le weekend This weekend, several of the city’s often inaccessible markers of French and European heritage will be open to the public. On the 15th and 16th, France’s Ministry of Culture runs an initiative to grant access to sites of European Heritage in keeping with a wider European Commission and Council of Europe ‘joint action’. While the event is European wide, the ‘Journées européenes du patrimoine’ (European Heritage Days) were actually conceptualised in France in the mid 80s with the rest of Europe gradually taking on the concept and localising it. In Paris, a whole range of sites (over 300 options) including the Élysée and the Assembly Nationale will be open to the public. (A site in French offers information on what is on offer through the ‘programme’ tab on the top right corner that leads to an advanced search engine – click here) Waxing Philosophical: European heritage beyond the weekend The concept of reflecting on a shared European heritage is an important one. In doing so, one most certainly bumps into Christianity at the …