Network Cities and Countries of Art and History
Resulting from a partnership with local collectivities, the label "City or Country of Art and History", created in 1985, is awarded by the Minister of Culture, after opinion of the National Council of Cities and Countries of Art and history, composed of elected officials and experts.
The label "City or Country of Art and History" qualifies territories, municipalities or groups of municipalities that engage in an active process of knowledge, conservation, mediation, heritage enhancement and contemporary architecture , and support the quality of the living environment. Its purpose is to integrate, in the same process, the elements that contribute to the identity of a territory rich in its history and strong in its creative capacity.
The label allows the development of a cultural project included in a global project of territory, aiming at the enhancement of architectural, urban and landscape heritage.
In 2020, this network counts 202 Cities and Countries of art and history (119 cities and 71 countries) including 10 territories labeled in the Center-Loire Valley Region (Bourges, Chinon, Loaches, Tours, Blois, Vendôme, Orléans, Pays Loire Touraine, Pays of the valley of the Cher and the Romorantinais, Pays Loire Val d'Aubois)