The European Heritage Days are organised in most of European countries at the initiative of the Council of Europe, and patronised by the European Union. Poland participates in the event since 1993.
The aim of events organised each year in September is the historic and cultural education, promotion of the regional heritage, including presentation of its variety, as well as reminding about the common roots of the European culture. Therefore, at this time the free access to monuments, museums, open-air museums, parks and gardens - places to which admission usually is paid or simply which are not available to the public - is provided. Moreover, concerts, exhibitions or presentations of disappearing professions are being often organised.
Toruń, which old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, actively participates in the organisation of the European Heritage Days for many years. In 2007, the national inauguration of the event took place in our city to celebrate the 10th anniversary of inclusion of the Toruń into the heritage list.
Each year, during the celebration, it is possible to visit free of charge museums, as well as historical places, which are often not available to the public, such as the cellars at the Most Pauliński street. Each time, organisers propose other main theme of the European Heritage Days, to which the character of events is being adjusted.
The National Centre of Research and Documentation of Monuments is the organiser of the European Heritage Days, and in Toruń - all institutions which participate in the event.
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