The Michelin Corporate Foundation puts its weight behind the European Heritage Days, a major architectural event not to be missed by lovers of culture and Europe. First created in 1984 at the initiative of the French Ministry of Culture, the event was initially called Heritage Day. It provided inspiration for the Council of Europe which, in turn, launched the European Heritage Days in 1991. The event now takes place in fifty countries and highlights the richness and diversity of the national and European cultural inheritance. It focuses attention on the men and women working to preserve that inheritance, to make it more widely known and to give it the recognition it deserves.
In France, the event has become more successful every year. In 2015, over 12 million people visited 17,000 monuments and historical sites in state, local authority and private ownership, some of them closed to the public for the rest of the year. For their 32nd year, the European Heritage Days put the accent on the legacy of the 21st century, giving pride of place to the architecture and landscape art of the last fifteen years.
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