Original manuscript of the Cultural Routes
The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. The initial concept was to demonstrate in a visible way, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries of Europe represented a shared cultural heritage.
The Cultural Routes also provide a concrete demonstration of the fundamental principles of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, European cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichment across boundaries and centuries.
The first example, the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes, served initially as a source of inspiration, then became the reference point for the development of future activities.
European Conference ''The Paths of Santiago De Compostela''
27-30 September - Puy-en-Velay
|Called "Meetings of the 'Hotel Dieu of Puy-en-Velay', this event is registered in the restoration plan for the ‘Hotel Dieu’ which plans to host cultural events on a yearly basis.|
Ceremony and conference- 5/6 October, Luxembourg
For the occasion of the XXth anniversary, a ceremony of awards (8 new routes) took place in the Centre Culturel de Rencontre of Neumünster Abbey on 5 October.
Il was followed by a conference entitled : ''Cultural routes: political tools for an increased visibility of the Council of Europe's values,'' on 6 October.
These events took place in the presence of permanent representatives of Member Countries of the Council of Europe and delegations of all the Routes, as well as elected representatives fom Le Puy-en-Velay.