European Heritage Days
Once a year, citizens in 50 countries celebrate Europe’s cultural heritage. This initiative of the European Heritage Days
(EHDs), launched by the Council of Europe in 1991, has been since 1999 a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, putting new cultural assets on view and opening up historical buildings normally closed
to the public.
The cultural events highlight local skills and
traditions, architecture and works of art, but the
broader aim is to bring citizens together in harmony
even though there are differences in cultures and
The European Heritage Days Portal is now online!
In the context of Armenia’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the European Heritage Days Portal was launched in Yerevan on the 30 August 2013. Since then a limited number of countries are uploading events in order to progressively bring the communications tool alive and have it in full working order for all the EHD events in 2014.
Please feel free to visit the portal:
explore the events, create your own itineraries and
share your favourites on Facebook or Twitter.
Events by country (click on the map)
List of 2013 Themes
Publications and documents
European Heritage Days,
25 years: Open doors - Open minds
"Open doors and open minds": report by François Matarasso
Report on the Future of the European Heritage Days by
Information concerning National Coordinators
Handbook on the European heritage days - a practical guide by Michel Kneubühler
2012 EHD Evaluations
2013 EHD banners (to
A joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission