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The European Heritage Days take place every year on the third weekend of September. In France, millions of visitors discover the cultural heritage, museums and certain places usually closed to the public. The Department of Eure fully participates in this manifestation of national interest by opening the doors to gardens, abbeys, castles, churches and historical monuments allowing the promotion of the local Norman heritage. A complete program lists all the sites and guided tours for the discovery of Eurois heritage.

Come and visit the Eure on the occasion of Heritage Days!

Birth of Heritage Days in France

The Heritage Days were created on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture in 1984 under the name of “Open day in historical monuments”. Faced with the success of the first editions, this day was extended to two days on Saturday and Sunday to be called “National Heritage Days” in 1992. At the same time (1991), the European Union launched the European Heritage Days for may this heritage festival reach as many people as possible.

Since 1995, a publishing theme has been introduced within the framework of the days to make heritage known in a different and sometimes unusual way.

Le Vieux Moulin à Vernon © Max Coquart, Best Jobers
Vieux-Moulin – Vernon

Discover the heritage professions during the European days in the Eure

Heritage craftspeople and trades open their doors to you at each edition. These open days allow you to understand the shaping and know-how of these people who work in the upkeep and preservation of Norman cultural property. Come and attend demonstrations of stone cutting, restoration of stained glass windows in free visits or by directly discussing with the craftsmen of art and history in their workshops.

Where to enjoy a heritage day in the Eure?

The Eure has many known and little-known treasures. These monuments open to the public on the occasion of exceptional or confidential visits to Normandy. Discover the charm of a stroll along the water in the Seine valley and in the Eure valley. From Vernon to Louviers and from Pacy-sur-Eure to Pont-de-l’Arche, let yourself be surprised by the natural heritage of these valleys.

To discover the monumental heritage, take advantage of the day program in Evreux. Every hour, thematic visits are scheduled in the streets of the historic center along the Iton, in cultural sites such as the Departmental Archives to understand the memory of heritage. For young audiences, a stop at the remains of Gisacum is a must. Not far from there the Pays d’Ouche offers tours around a more confidential heritage.

© Gisacum
Gisacum – Evreux

Meet in the gardens and parks of the Eure

The Normandy Region has a leading architectural and landscaped heritage. Guided tours will allow you to understand the daily work in the castles and parks of the Eure. Discover the emblematic sites of Champ de Bataille, Beaumesnil and Acquigny. Combine nature and monument by visiting the arboreta of Conches, Lyons and Domaine d’Harcourt.

Château du Champ de Bataille – Saint-Opportune-du-Bosc (close to Le Neubourg)

Medieval Eure

The medieval Eure awaits you during the days. Push the doors of this religious heritage as in Mortemer near Lyons-La-Forêt, Bonport in Pont-de-l’Arche (Seine-Eure), Fontaine-Guérard in Radepont or even at Bec-Hellouin, the most beautiful village in France. You will be greeted by many activities on the program for the day.

Visit an arts museum in the Eure

The Normandy region offers the discovery of heritage in France in these art museums. The European Days in the Eure are an opportunity to discover a temporary exhibition, the permanent collections from antiquity to industrial heritage. These heritage gems await you in Pont-Audemer at the Canel Museum, at the Museums of Impressionisms in Giverny, at the Poussin des Andelys Museum. For the history of art, choose the museums of Évreux, Vernon or Louviers.

If you are in love with the local heritage, the Musée des Instruments à vent de la Couture-Boussey or the Moulin de Hauville are unusual places in Normandy.

As you will have understood, discovering the cultural heritage in the Eure is not just a matter of a weekend but European days allow you to appreciate the Norman heritage in a different way!