Saturday and Sunday marked the annual Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) begun as a Council of Europe initiative in 1991. Fifty European countries participated this weekend, opening to the public 176,000 public institutions in addition to organizing 23,000 conferences, walks, concerts, workshops, children's activities, etc. In the Île-de-France (Paris and its surrounding regions), visitors toured some 1700 monuments and sites, gaining access to many rarely seen spaces important to French public life. The line to visit the Palais de l'Élysée (Presidential Palace) was extraordinarily long, but many sites were immediately accessible. Among others, F&M in Paris visitors checked out the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the Ministère de l'Intérieur (Ministry of the Interior) in the Hötel de Beauvau.
Hôtel de Ville
Assembly room for the Conseil de Paris, Paris City Council and General Council for the Départment de Paris, inside the Hôtel de Ville
Interior courtyard of the Ministry of the Interior