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Video by Catherine NICHOLSON

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-09-20

This weekend in France, monuments and other heritage sites all over the country are available for visitors to explore as part of European Heritage Days, organised by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

Some 15,000 French churches, castles, hot springs, parks, archeological sites, and even the Moulin Rouge cabaret are opening their doors this weekend for the 26th annual European Heritage Days.

 

The national culture ministry, which organises the event in France, is even itself opening its doors. It will be presenting a special exhibition of a marble bust of Julius Caesar, discovered in the Rhone River in 2007 and usually housed in the Musée Départemental de l'Arles et de la Provence antiques.

 

The theme of this year’s European Heritage Days in France is “accessibility to heritage”. The ministry is promoting different kinds of accessibility to national monuments and other cultural sites. This includes - and is free for young people - a series of events designed for the handicapped, and other events geared toward parents with children.

Date created : 2009-09-19

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