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European Heritage Weekend 2016
17th September 2016 - 18th September 2016
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September 2016 – around the region
LES JOURNEES EUROPEENNES DU PATRIMOINE – Culture & Heritage weekend
Once again, the department throws open the doors of many of its museums, exhibitions and cultural centres, and invites visitors and residents alike to share the Catalan culture. The aim? That the “heritage of the region can be passed on to our children in order they they understand and recognise the importance of carrying it on into their future.”
To celebrate this national heritage weekend, many of the towns and villages around the region will put on events throughout the two days, and wherever you go, you will find free entry to monuments, exhibitions and attractions.
Beware! They are not all free and it is worth checking in advance.
Well worth a visit is the Centre de Conservation et de Restauration des OEuvres d’Art, unique in France, where you can join a guided visit (free) and see how the heritage is really preserved. Conservation and restoration workshops and a chance to study techniques for preserving artwork will be much appreciated by the artists amongst you.
Equally worth seeing are la Chapelle Notre Dame des Anges, la Maison de la Catalanité, le Palais des Rois de Majorque and the Prieuré de Serrabona as well as Les Archives Départementales, many of which are free anyway…… but this weekend is as good a time to visit them as any!
A chance to visit the Mémorial du Camp de Rivesaltes should also not be missed, a stark reminder that misery is also part of the history of the P-O
More details with time, place and opening hours can sometimes be found here although it depends whether participating museums and heritage sites have submitted their details!