Castles, churches, cinema… 18 properties selected for the new Heritage Lotto

Former penal colonies and leper colonies, castles, churches, a cinema or an Italian-style theater: The Heritage Foundation has selected 18 new objects for the 2022 lottery, which will allow them to be saved, the Ministry of Health said. This is the fifth edition of Mission to Conserve a Endangered Heritage, entrusted to animator Stefan Bern.

Prizes awarded under the Heritage Loto will be announced during the next European Heritage Days in September. Since its first release in 2018, Heritage Mission has helped restore 645 properties, including 90 landmark regional heritage projects and 555 departmental sites.

The 2021 Lotto has broken the record by raising over €28 million. According to a press release, this Lotto has brought in €100 million to the Mission since its launch, confirming the “enthusiasm and attachment of the French to their heritage”. Here are a few harvest 2022 sites in pictures.

Former penal colony of Belle-Ile-en-Mer (Morbihan)

Heritage Foundation – MyPhotoAgency-JY Gautier

14 km from Quiberon, this place was a political prison of the second half of the 19th century. Lost on the high seas, in 1880 it became a place of detention for minors: offenders, orphans and vagrants were introduced here at the cost of forcible and rebellious military discipline to sea crafts. The institution is described as a “correctional colony for children” and finally closed in 1977.

Quens Castle (Cors du Sud)

Heritage Foundation-MyPhotoAgency-Anthony Bressy

Château de Quenza is a 20th-century country house located in Quenza, 45 km from Porto-Vecchio. Built on the model of Tuscan palazzi, it was erected between the wars, in 1935. Its owner, Sebastien Colonna Cesari, who hails from the village, has invested the entire family fortune in this 2,000 m² residence.

Atlas cinema in Anses d’Arlet (Martinique)

Heritage Foundation – MyPhotoAgency-Daniel Brieux

Built in 1903 to house the Le Peuple Mutual Fund in the south of the island, Atlas saw the birth of the silent film and offered regular programming for 70 years. The island’s last 88-seat independent theater closed in 2013 with the advent of digital cinema.

Church of Saint-Louis in Williamble (Saint-Saint-Denis)

Heritage Foundation – My Photo Agency – Anthony Berger

The Church of Saint-Louis was built in several stages. It was started in 1901, but its construction remained unfinished due to lack of funds. It will be finally completed in 1958. This is the first experience in monumental sculpture by direct carving on concrete.

Former churches and veterinary hospital Aras-du-Pins (Orne)

Heritage Foundation – MyPhotoAgency-Franck Belorgey

Haras du Pin is the oldest national stud farm in France. Nicknamed “The Versailles of the Horse”, it was built between 1715 and 1736 on an area of ​​more than 600 hectares. Built on the orders of King Louis XIV and Colbert, it is a testament to the classical architecture of the Great Age. Today it is the premier site in Normandy, hosting over 200 days of horse racing every year.

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Theater in the Italian style in Gera (Croesus)

Heritage Foundation – MyPhotoAgency-Thierry Vincent

This small Italian theater was built in 1837 and designed by Vincent Bulle. During the First World War, it served as a quartering station for soldiers. In 1932 the theater became a cinema. It will remain so until its closure on December 31, 1983.

List of 18 selected sites:

AUVERGNE-RHONES-ALPES: Park of the Springs in Vichy (Allier)

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte: Church of Our Lady of La Charité-sur-Loire (Nievre)

BRITAIN: former penal colony of Belle-Ile-en-Mer (Morbihan).

CENTER VAL DE LOUARE: House of Alix in Hyena (Loire)

CORSICA: Castle of Quenza (South Corsica)

BIG EAST: The first castle of the princes of Salm in Senon (Vosges)

HAUGHTS DE FRANCE: Mountain copra 9-9 bis in Oigny (Pas de Calais)

ILLE-DE-FRANCE: Church of Saint-Louis in Williamble (Seine-Saint-Denis)

NORMANDY – Former church and veterinary hospital Aras-du-Pin (Orne)

NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE – Italian style theater in Gera (Croes)

OCCITANIE – House of Trustees of the Montpellier Botanical Gardens


PAYS DE LA LOIRE – Porte Beucheresse in Laval (Mayenne)

PROVENCE-ALPES-Côte d’Azur: Castellas de Roquemartin in Aiguières (Bouches du Rhone)

GUADELUP – House of Schwartz-Bart, known as La Souvenirance à Goyave

FRENCH GUIANA – Akaruani village in Mane

MARTINIQUE – Atlas cinema in Anses d’Arlet

LA REUNION – Former Pierrefonds sugar factory in Saint-Pierre.

MAYOTTE – Former Hajangoua Sugar Mill in Dembeni

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