As a public utility company located in the heart of the regions and a determined player in the ecological transition, the SNCF Group encourages a form of sustainable tourism thanks to the low-carbon travel represented by the train and thus contributes to the development of our country's tourism economy. The various components of the SNCF Group are coordinating their actions to anchor the mobility offer in the life of the areas served, promote the heritage and and develop the attractiveness of the regions.
The history of electricity is a great human adventure, a scientific and technical epic, carried on by EDF for over 75 years. EDF, as an electricity company and world leader in low-carbon energy, cultivates a tradition of welcoming visitors to its production sites, remarkable sites at the heart of history and regional development. As the second most visited company in France, EDF welcomes more than 425,000 visitors every year to help them discover the adventure of electricity generation through a programme called "EDF Odysselec". This artistic, cultural and scientific programme is part of a long-standing partnership with heritage, culture and industrial tourism professionals. Driven by the desire to encourage closer ties between local authorities and private players, EDF has been pursuing a fruitful partnership with the association Sites & Cités Remarquables de France since 2013. The exhibition France. Patrimoines et territoires d'exception is a continuation of the initiatives carried out together in order to bring to life and share the wealth of the territories with heritage lovers.
La Poste, a local player, present for everyone every day, is proud to be a partner of the "France, Heritage and Exceptional Territories" photographic exhibition and its 7 emblematic networks to symbolically enhance 80 living environments in a France that is both plural, singular and ambitious.
By defending the attractiveness of these territories, encouraging a balance between tourism development and site preservation, addressing the challenges of ecological and energy transition and acting alongside inhabitants, elected officials and local economic players, France Patrimoine et territoire d'exception expresses and defends values shared with La Poste in the service of the common good.
Our partners in the regions
The Centre - Val de Loire region is an elixir of our country's landscape treasures and an exceptional meeting of its natural and historical heritage. Magnificent castles on the banks of the wild Loire, majestic cathedrals and lazy towns along the canals, citadels or perched villages, each season reveals the harmony of its natural parks, ponds, waterways and villages in new colours.
Normandy has a vast range of natural and cultural heritage. Some sites, such as Etretat, Giverny or Mont Saint-Michel are internationally known and attract visitors from all over the world. Others, more secret or unusual, such as the bells of Villedieu, the reconstructed towns, the white marshes of the Cotentin in winter or the "clos masures" of the Pays de Caux, are all nuggets that the Normandy Region strives to preserve and promote through its competences in the fields of tourism, heritage and sustainable development in particular.
The Region is leading several tourism development strategies on major themes such as medieval heritage, the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, and Impressionism. It promotes know-how by encouraging businesses to open up to the public, and supports the development of a more responsible tourism offer. It brings heritage sites to life with artist residencies and restores the prestige of towns destroyed during the Second World War through the Reconstructed Towns label. Heritage deserves everyone's attention and must be passed on to future generations.
The Pays de la Loire: a heritage on the edge of the city, by the water.
The Pays de la Loire is rich in heritage that recalls the great hours of French history. The Region is committed to promoting, preserving and developing this heritage.
> Getting to know and sharing
From the Loire, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the bridge at Saint-Nazaire, from the Perche region of Sarthe to the Poitevin marshes, the Region is using its general heritage inventory skills to understand the diversity and richness of its heritage.
> Preserving and restoring
From the village oven to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the Region participates in the conservation and restoration of all heritage, whether or not it is protected as a Historic Monument, whether it is tangible or intangible. It is particularly concerned with preserving rural heritage and embellishing the 44 small towns of character in the Pays de la Loire.
> Promoting and animating.
The transmission of heritage involves the knowledge, awareness, appropriation and animation of this cultural heritage to a wide audience. Whether you are a history buff, curious, a sportsman or a gourmet, everyone will find satisfaction in discovering the Pays de la Loire.
It is with great pleasure and infinite pride that the Occitanie Region invites you to discover the exceptional heritage of its territory, photographed and presented in this unique place.
The perception of heritage has undergone a real transformation over the last few decades and new challenges have emerged. More than ever, it is a question of restoring or preserving without freezing, taking into account the immense diversity of this multifaceted heritage. It is also a question of taking into consideration its intangible dimension and integrating it into a territorial development approach rather than by monument.
If the perception of heritage has changed, the expectations of the public have also evolved with increasingly strong demands that must be met. Visiting an exceptional site means wanting tools to accompany the discovery. For the visitor, it is the hope of benefiting from additional content and educational workshops for an ever more unique encounter.
Faced with these developments, the Occitanie Region has chosen a strategy that will give impetus to both knowledge and restoration and to the respectful development of heritage.