From mid-August to early November, thousands of “Open Heritage” events have taken place across Europe during the European Heritage Days 2021. Take a look at one of the short video impressions of those events: a visit to the Abbey of Longues-sur-Mer.
Sophie de Bourgoin visited the Abbay in Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, during the European Heritage Days. She interviewed Isabelle d’Anglejan, one of the owners of the Abbey. Some of the foundations of the old Benedictine abbey date back to the 12th century.
Isabelle is happy to organize the European Heritage Days, or as it is known in France “The Journees du Patrimoine”, on her private property. “It gives me the opportunity to make this gem even more known to the public’, indirectly helping us to be able to restore it.”
At the moment the owners are busy gathering funds to restore the main roof of the church of the complex. “People can buy a slate and make a drawing or write something on it. This could be a poem, or a psalm, or any text they want. All these slates then go to the roof of the church which is currently being restored. With the money we collect, we can pay for part of the restoration.”
Visitors of European Heritage Days often open our eyes to things we didn’t see before.
Filmed by local volunteers
This is one of five video reports on the European Heritage Days 2021. The reports are filmed by young local volunteers in Serbia, Cyprus, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The five reports are a part of a scalable pilot project that provides insights into how the European Heritage Days are celebrated throughout Europe.
The European Heritage Days are happening every year from mid-August to early November in the 50 countries party to European Cultural Convention. Every year millions of people attend the European Heritage Days.
Update December 2021: See Sophie, who turned out to be a price-winner for her beautiful slate design, climbs the roofs of the abbey at a temperature of below zero.