Gilding, paintings and historic buildings are not the only stars of the european Heritage days. For this 36th edition is being organised under the theme of “Arts and entertainment”, more than 24,000 sites have played the game. In addition to the traditional visits of the Senate, of the departments or of sumptuous theatres, the places that are more surprising to open up their doors. Some of them are of interest, unsuspected. Le Figaro has selected eight visits unusual to do on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.
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● The ministry of Economy and Finance ziplining and rappelling
For 30 years of Bercy, the ministry of the Economy has put the package. In connection with the theme of “Arts and entertainment” of this year, a zip line will be installed above the court of honor at the start of the terrace of the hotel of the ministers, followed by a rappel down the building in Vauban. In addition to the visit to the offices of ministers and secretaries of State and of the exhibitions installed for the anniversary of this building was designed by Paul Chemetov and Borja Huidobro, the public will be able to enjoy various activities and a guided tour of unusual places of Bercy. What delight the more adventurous.
Saturday the 21st from 14h to 18h and Sunday 22 September from 10h to 18h. On-site registration.
139, rue de Bercy, Twelfth district.
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● An exhibition of street art at the temple of taxidermy.
twenty drawings will be disseminated by the artist from in the cabinet of curiosities Deyrolle. Codex Urbanus / Deyrolle
in The middle of the stuffed animals of the house Deyrolle, in the Seventh arrondissement, the street artist Codex Urbanus will present his “Bestiary urban”. Twenty drawings will be disseminated among the shells, fossils and other curiosities by artist, known for papering the walls of Montmartre of fantastic animals various. “It will be like a game trying to find them”, slips Codex Urbanus, who will be present on Saturday afternoon. Other of his works will be merged with the funds of the Library Forney, in the Fourth arrondissement. The imaginary creatures there will dialogue with the chimeras of the collection of the archbishop of Sens, in a beautiful hotel with medieval architecture.
Saturday 21 September, from 10h to 19h, “a Bestiary of the urban”, the shop, Deyrolle.
46, rue du Bac, Seventh arrondissement.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, from 13h to 19h (18h on Sunday), “Crossing the Swamp”, at the Bibliothèque Forney.
1, rue du Figuier, Fourth arrondissement.
● The station Porte des Lilas-Cinema
part of Sophie Marceau in Women of the shadows , Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia , or Mathieu Kassovitz in Le fabuleux destin d’amélie Poulain , no one has occupied since 1939. The station Porte des Lilas-Cinema is closed to the public, but not to the filmmakers who use it to bring their films to the atmosphere of the parisian subway. Every day, thousands of travelers pass through the station Porte des Lilas without suspecting that behind a gray gate lies this other station, a movie set where are shot in an average of five films per year. The RATP opens to the public this exceptional resort, during a visit full of anecdotes and secrets of shooting.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. Book from 17 September.
metro Station Porte des Lilas, Nineteenth district.
● The heliport of Paris
across the tarmacs and hangars, large and small are invited to discover the heliport of Paris, located in the Fifteenth arrondissement. Visitors will discover the history of this ancient former field of military operations where, at the beginning of the Twentieth century, the exploits of some of the pioneers of aviation made the city one of the “cradles of aviation”. The different types of aircraft and missions that are connected to it will be presented, in this site of 4.5 acres operated today by Aéroports de Paris.
61, rue Henri-Farman, Fifteenth district.
● The final of the Championships of France hitch horses traits
The hippodrome de Meslay-du-Maine (Mayenne) will host a race like no other for the Heritage Days. Threatened by the arrival of the tractors after the First world War, the draft horses because of the resistance. The championships of France are a way of maintaining the heritage of equinus, and to preserve the nine breeds of horse in French. The trials of dressing and handling will take place Saturday, and the endurance, a marathon of 13 miles with baffles, fords, hills, embankments, and stairs. The new champion of France of’draft horses will receive his award on Sunday after 16: 30.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, from 9h to 17h.
Hippodrome de la Bretonnière, Meslay-du-Maine (53) .
● In search of the bats of the cave of Saint Marcel, at Tin
In the cave of Saint-Marcel, our friends the bats are happy. The site, classified as a historic monument, is also a protected area since 1943. For the Heritage Days, of the discovery workshops will be offered, as well as walks in the part that is not fitted to listen to the birds with the batbox, a detector of ultrasound. In this Batcave of the ardèche department, visitors will also discover the archaeological and historical heritage of the site.
Saturday 21 September, guided tours at 10: 30am, 11: 30am, 13h, 14h, 15h, 16h, and 17h. Rides to the meeting of the bats on reservation 04 75 04 38 07.
Road of the Gorge, Can (07) .
● The prison of Montluc in the presence of former prisoners
More than 7,000 jews, resistance fighters and hostages, victims of the nazis and the Vichy regime were imprisoned in Montluc. PHILIPPE MERLE/AFP
In addition to being open to the self-guided tour of this abandoned prison registered as historical monuments organises meetings with former inmates imprisoned in the years 1990 and 2000, as well as former staff, who will testify from their experience. The wing of the detention of the women, closed in 2009, will be open exceptionally. To discover, the National Memorial of the prison, which pays tribute to the more than 7000 jews, resistance fighters and hostages, victims of the nazis and the Vichy regime imprisoned here, including Jean Moulin.
Testimonies of former detainees on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, 10h to 12h and from 14h to 17h30.
Visit the National Memorial of the jail of Montluc and of the wing of the prison for women on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September from 9h30 to 12h30 and from 13h30 to 17h30.
4, rue Jeanne Hachette, Lyon, france.
● The studios of la Victorine, in Nice
With more than 600 shoots under their belt, these huge studios seven acres are a mecca of cinema. Visitors are invited to discover the trays, the workshops of joinery and outdoor areas trampled by Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alfred Hitchcock and Jacques Tati. Two exhibitions pay tribute to the film Children of Paradise , by Marcel Carné, and The american Night , François Truffaut, shot at the Victorine. Provided, also, six concerts dedicated to the music of the film and the shooting of ten short films by students.
16, avenue Edouard-Grinda, Nice.