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Town of Art and History

Sedan belongs to the national network of Towns and Countries of art and history

A network of 153 towns and countries that shares its knowledge of all of France with you

Since 1985, within the framework of a partnership with the territorial communities, the Ministry of Culture and Communication has ensured that a policy of valuing heritage and raising awareness of architecture has been implemented.

The label "Town and Country of Art and History" refers to the territories, villages or groups of villages which, aware of what is at stake by the appropriation of their architecture and of their heritage through their inhabitants, are involved in an active approach to knowledge, conservation, mediation and support and to the quality of architecture and environment.

This voluntary measure was formalised in Sedan in 2000 by the signing of a "Town of Art and History" convention.

The objectives of this convention are:

  • To make the inhabitants aware of their environment and to encourage quality tourism
  • To introduce young people to architecture, heritage and town-planning

To do this, a Department for Heritage was created in the council departments. It is headed by a co-ordinator of architecture and heritage who works in relation with specialist guides approved by the Ministry of Culture and the cultural and local tourism bodies.

In this quest to promote, preserve and bring heritage to life, the Department for Heritage of the Town of Sedan arranges different activities for the general public and for the young: exhibitions, organised events, guided visits, school workshops, communication tools etc.


Other nearby towns of art and history include:
Reims, Langres, Châlons en Champagne, Troyes, Amiens, Cambrai, Noyon, Laon, Soissons.

To find out more about the network of Tows and Countries of Art and History:
www.vpah.culture.fr