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The Council of Europe certifies 5 new Cultural Routes

On 10-11 April, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) approved the certification of five new “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe”, bringing the programme to 38 certified routes:

  • Liberation Route Europe
  • European Route of Industrial Heritage
  • Le Corbusier Destinations : Architectural Promenades
  • Iron Curtain Trail
  • Routes of Reformation

Liberation Route Europe is a European cultural route, linking the main regions along the advance of the Western Allied Forces in the 1944-45 latter stages of World War II. The route crosses from southern England across the Channel to Normandy and northern France, through Belgium, the Netherlands and northern Germany to Berlin. The network currently involves members in 9 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. The network also collaborates with partners in Canada and the United-States

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The European Route of Industrial Heritage network uncovers the European dimension of industrialisation. More than 1,800 sites in 47 countries, more than 100 Anchor Points, 18 Regional Routes and 16 Theme Routes invite visitors to discover the variety of themes and stories that together make up European industrial heritage. ERIH reflects exchanges rooted in European concepts. The network currently involves members in 24 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

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The Le Corbusier Destinations: Architectural Promenades route seeks to enhance Le Corbusier’s work and reputation across three continents and six countries. Admiration for Le Corbusier’s work is universal and his impact and influence on later building design and urban planning is acknowledged amongst architects and design historians worldwide. He was a true internationalist working freely across multiple borders. The network currently involves members in 6 countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and Japan.

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The Iron Curtain trail is a cycling route that stretches from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea coast, covering over 10,400 kilometres in 20 countries, both EU (14) and non-EU (6) states. The trail seeks to commemorate the political division of Europe to West and East before 1989 and promotes collective memory, cycling tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, and sustainable development. The network currently involves members in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey.

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The European Routes of Reformation represent the Reformation process as a European movement. The project initially aimed to establish a European Cultural Route of Reformation by identifying, selecting and connecting existing Reformation-themed cultural heritage sites, objects, and non-material legacies around Central Europe. The network currently involves members in 7 countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia.

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Strasbourg 30 APRIL 2019
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