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This weekend: European Heritage opens monuments and landmarks to the public

media Luxembourg palace in Paris DEA / C. SAPPA

European Heritage kicks off this weekend, with two-days of open doors and free entry at an array of historical monuments and museums. The event started in 1984 and has now spread to 50 countries.

For this year’s 30th edition in France, the theme celebrates 100 years since the 1913 law that enforced protection for historical monuments.

Starting tomorrow, monuments, churches, castles, operas and theatres will open their doors everywhere in France.

But one can also take the opportunity to walk around unusual places that are normally closed to the public such as private mansions, banks, court houses, and chambers of commerce.

Heritage weekend also marks a rare occasion to see inside places of power and decision making, visits that have remained the most popular over the years.

The President’s residency at the Elysée, the Palais Bourbon, seat of the National Assembly and the Luxembourg palace, which houses the French Senate all garner millions of visitors every year.
 

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