In La Rochelle, as all over France, the focus this year for the 34th edition of the ‘European Heritage Days’ will be on the youth. For the weekend of 16th and 17th September, some fifty historic sites in the maritime city will open their doors free of charge to visitors who will be able to discover the wealth of La Rochelle’s history.
Within the framework of ‘Youth and Heritage’, a national theme chosen in 2016, guided tours will be given by History of Art students providing a perfect opportunity to discover the rich history of two of the city’s educational establishments. Since the beginning of the year, La Rochelle, known as a ‘Reformation City of Europe’, has been taking an active part in the events focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On the 16th and 17th September a 17-point Huguenot trail, which will be both historic and entertaining, will enable visitors to obtain a better understanding of the French Protestant capital that is the maritime city of La Rochelle. Did you know that exactly 375 years ago, two people left the port of La Rochelle to found, what is known today as Montreal? Since 2015, this strong link, which exists between La Rochelle and Canada, has been celebrated by the ‘Chemins du Quebec’, a trail that passes close to our hotel and incorporates a dozen sites and monuments. A selection of tours of the ‘beautiful and rebellious’ city, created by La Rochelle tourist office, will also be available… Stop it, if you can, La Rochelle unveiled, La Rochelle by horse-drawn carriage and Protestant La Rochelle. All over the city, there will be further exhibits and entertainment, offering additional points of interest for this 34th edition of the ‘European Heritage Days’.
(Published on September 13, 2017)