A voyage through space and time that travels through Europe, rediscovering beautiful places of cultural importance and the role they play in re-establishing the importance of our shared heritage. In 1987, passionate about this concept, the Council of Europe launched the program of Cultural Routes with the announcement of the Santiago de Compostela route. Today, in celebration of the session of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, an exhibition retracing the 29 routes, from a total of 45, which are primarily based in Italy or include one of the points of the network even if the main location is elsewhere. Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: a European heritage.
The exhibition was unveiled on Wednesday 24th November in Strasbourg in the Foyer of the Committee of Ministers of Palais de l’Europe and is part of the program of events which will accompany the Italian Presidency. It is in perfect harmony with Italy’s objective of renewing the commitment to shared principles and core values of the Council of Europe, one of the three main objectives identified as a priority in the initiatives included in the session that has just commenced. The exhibition was inaugurated, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric and the Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of Europe Michele Giacomelli.
Promoted by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, organised by the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA), in collaboration the European Institute of Cultural Routes (Luxembourg) and in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute of Strasbourg, the exhibition is presented across 29 panels with text and images which offer the perfect way to explore and retrace the routes that cross through Europe: centuries-old routes that connect culture, languages, stories and traditions, presenting a tangible example of a shared and living cultural heritage.