The 2015 European Heritage Days will be taking place from the 25th to the 27th of September and the theme for this year's edition is Industrial and Technical Heritage.
For three days, many monuments and museums throughout Portugal will be opening their doors to visitors and organising an array of different activities such as guided tours, workshops, shows, historical recreations and many more. The activities are free of charge and will give visitors an opportunity to come into contact with Portugal's heritage in a rather unusual way.
This Council of Europe and European Union initiative involves 50 countries and its aim is to draw citizens' attention to the importance of protecting and safeguarding our heritage. In 2015, particular attention was paid to industrial heritage. Industrial heritage is a constant presence in our daily lives and continues to bear witness to the ingenuity and creativity of many generations. Examples of our industrial heritage include factories, bridges, mills, canals, railway lines, shops, workers' villages, mines, ports, heritage related to water and electricity, small artisanal industries, public and company archives and many other industrial and technical spaces. Some remain in use to this day, others have been deactivated or abandoned, and still others are back in use.
The European Heritage Days offer the perfect excuse to revisit many of Portugal's monuments and museums but also to visit spaces which are normally closed to the public and which can now be explored.
See the programme of activities online at http://www.patrimoniocultural.pt/ or http://w3.patrimoniocultural.pt/
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