Missions of the Centre des monuments nationaux
- To open to the public and manage nearly 100 national monuments belonging to the State. Among the monuments for which it is responsible are the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the château d’Angers and château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the château and ramparts of the city of Carcassonne, the Arc de triomphe and the Sainte-Chapelle. All the abbeys, châteaux, prehistoric caves, archaeological sites, and so on are examples of the diversity and wealth of the heritage of France throughout the ages.
- To ensure the conservation, restoration and upkeep of the monuments placed under its responsibility, and to enhance them, make them as accessible as possible to the general public, and see to it that visitors receive high quality service.
- To ensure the national monuments contribute to cultural life and the development of tourism, by organising nearly 200 events each year in conjunction with regional cultural authorities, local authorities and cultural institute networks.
- To contribute to promoting and increasing knowledge about the heritage by publishing as official publishing house under the name Éditions du patrimoine visit guides, high-quality illustrated books (both photographic works and books for the general public), monographs about architects or buildings, theoretical, technical and scientific texts, children’s books, and works for the blind, visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing.