The 39th edition of the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) will be held on the third weekend of September 17th and 18th. On this occasion, many sites, museums, monuments, institutions, artist’s studios and more will be open free of charge to the public, often offering guided tours. Take advantage of your stay at the Paris France Hotel and discover the cultural richness of the surrounding streets. Here are some ideas…
Two very different places to visit
To start, we have selected two visits that reflect the spirit of Heritage Days. The first, a fifteen-minute walk from the Paris France Hotel, is regarded as a temple dedicated to cinema: the Grand Rex. Listed as a Historic Monument, the largest movie theatre in Europe opens its doors and backstage to reveal its history, show off its architectural treasures and share a few anecdotes. For something completely different, head to the Grande Loge Féminine de France. Installed in the 17thcentury buildings of the Couvent du Bon Secours, the Grand Lodge of France’s women-only Masonic organisation will reveal some of its mysteries for the occasion.
In the heart of one of the oldest districts of Paris
Also discover the Marais and its beautiful mansions. Many places are worth a visit, including the Picasso and Carnavalet museums. But also take the opportunity to look around the Historical Library of the City of Paris, which will exhibit items from its archives that are usually accessible only to researchers. Not far away is the Temple du Marais, the oldest Protestant church in Paris, designed by the architect François Mansart in the Baroque style. The churches of Saint-Louis en l'Île and Notre-Dame des Blancs Manteaux also reveal their secrets on Heritage Days.
The program is still being developed. Please feel free to ask the Paris France Hotel team for advice when you arrive, and they will happily share their best ideas for Heritage Days visits.
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