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Free Access To European Cultural, Heritage Sites During September

Millions of people will enjoy free access to thousands of historic and cultural sites, many of which are normally closed to the public, in 50 countries throughout September as part of the annual European Heritage Days. The European Heritage Days is a joint initiative of the European Commission and Council of Europe, supported by national and local organisers.

20 million people are estimated to get access to the attractions and sites on offer during European Heritage Days. For example, in Ireland it is possible to watch a puppet theatre's take on the tale of Goldilocks, while in Finland visitors can follow a trail on the history of gold mining. In Norway, they can discover the history of the fishing industry, from quaint ports to the big trawler fleets. In Spain, visitors can stroll through the patios of Córdoba or the mills of Mallorca, while in Belgium they can remember the victims who paid the ultimate price for freedom in the 'Enclos des Fusillés'.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "This year we expect more than 20 million adults and children across Europe to take advantage of free entrance to a host of heritage sites." He urged everyone to make the most of European Heritage Days and check what is happening in their region or further afield.

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