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Heritage Days 2016 in Nantes

Published on September 12 2016
  • Events


This year’s Heritage Days event will take place during the third weekend in September. As for each edition, this will be the perfect opportunity to (re)discover the cultural treasures of France’s national heritage.

Needless to say, the city of Nantes is readying itself to play an active part in the celebrations, with numerous activities scheduled for the weekend of 17th-18th September. What better excuse to pack your bags and set off for a city break in the heart of Brittany?

Le miroir d'eau
le miroir d'eau


As always, when it comes to culture, the city of Nantes is putting together an extensive and pleasingly eclectic programme of events.

There will of course be something for everyone but, among the activities on offer, the OKKO team is especially looking forward to:

  • A tour of the Passage Pommeraye, one of the city’s most iconic sites. Visitors are invited to congregate on the Rue de la Fosse, for a fascinating introduction to the history and architecture of this unique commercial gallery.
    Sunday: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00
Le Passage Pommeraye
LE PAssage pommeraye

  • This year’s Heritage Days will also be the chance to explore what lies backstage at the Théâtre Graslin, during guided tours leaving on an hourly basis throughout the weekend.
    Saturday: from 14:00 to 18:00 / Sunday: from 09:00 to 17:00

  • The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul will stage its own open tours, and will also be the final stop-off for a musical experience entitled Quand les pierres chantent (“When the stones sing”). The event will kick off at the Passage Sainte-Croix (concert and tour at 15:00), passing through the Chapelle de l’Immaculée (16:00) before reaching its climax at the cathedral at 17:00.

la cathedrale saint-pierre et saint-paul

  • Another unmissable event will take place at the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery, where a cultural mediator will present an introduction to the site on the monument’s forecourt.
    Sunday 18th September: from 14:00 to 17:00

Mémorial de l'abolition de l'esclavage
Crédits : Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage -


  • On the Ile Feydeau, residents will open their entrance halls to allow painters to exhibit their works. This original concept promises some wonderful surprises!
    Sunday: from 14:00 to 18:00 + guided tour of the exhibitions led by an actor at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00.

  • The Lieu-Unique, a former factory converted into a national stage for culture, will be holding 20-minute ’flash tours’ allowing visitors access to the entirety of the site, including its unique garden.
    Saturday and Sunday: from 15:00 to 18:30

Le Lieu Unique
Crédits : Le lieu unique – Martin Argyroglo

For the complete schedule, including many other activities suitable for both adults and children taking place in the city centre and beyond, please visit this page!


Our best addresses, as well as the cultural agenda, you will find everything you need to prepare your journey!