The European Heritage Days 2003

The entire continent celebrates European Heritage Days

All 48 countries of Europe are taking part in this year's European Heritage Days celebrations. During the weekends of September, millions of visitors will be able to discover sites and historic buildings that are normally closed to the public. The opening ceremony of European Heritage Days took place on 6 September at the site of a former monastery in Glendalough, Ireland.

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Deputy Secretary General: ''Our heritage is both an opportunity and a responsibility''

Speaking at the official launch of this year’s European Heritage Days in Glendalough, Ireland, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio warned of the need to protect Europe’s precious cultural heritage. “Amnesia of peoples is just as cruel and dangerous as amnesia of individuals. However, we possess a very precious tool which testifies to our past and helps us to build our future: our heritage.’’ (more…)


International action strengthens cultural conservation, says Pat the Cope Gallagher

Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has paid tribute to the role of international cooperation in protecting cultural heritage. (more…)


O'Hara calls for PACE report on disabled access to cultural heritage

Eddie O'Hara MP, the general rapporteur on cultural heritage for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), has called for a PACE report on improving access to cultural heritage for disabled people. (more…)

Launch of the 2003 European Heritage Days begins in Dublin

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin to mark the official launch of this year's European Heritage Days, Noel Ahern TD - Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - encouraged people to appreciate, celebrate and preserve heritage that was important to them.


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More than 17000 monuments visited during the 2002 EHD

During the edition 2002 of the EHD, 17 114 monuments were open to the public in more than 5000 towns and received around 20 million visitors ! This success marks the consolidation of an initiative commenced in 1984 and intended to allow the general public to visit without charge sites and monuments which are normally inaccessible. The EHD, officially instituted in 1991 by the Council of Europe, became a joint initiative with the European Union as from 1999.

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