FRANCE – Sens seeking sponsorship to save its heritage

FRANCE – Sens seeking sponsorship to save its heritage

After several citizen’s associations, recently created for this purpose, sounded the alarm bells about the state of the city’s heritage, Sens (Yonne) has set up a large-scale multi-annual project to save its religious heritage, co-financed by private partners.

The church of Saint-Pierre-le-Rond has been closed to the public for fifty years for security reasons; several other churches are in very bad shape. The municipality recognises the need to save this heritage, since it is ‘a touristic asset’ for the city, but stresses that it cannot do so unaided. It has now formed a partnership with the Church’s allocator, Jean-Pierre Mayot, national architect (architecte des bâtiments) of France, and Samuel Drey, from Yonne’s heritage service. The partnership hopes to draw private sponsorship.

Saint-Pierre-le-Rond has been closed for fifty years. Photo O.R.

Read the article in French here.


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