The Base Mérimée is the database of French monumental and architectural heritage, created and maintained by the French Ministry of Culture. It was created in 1978, and placed online in 1995. The database is periodically updated, and contains more than 320,000 entries as of October 2020.It covers religious, domestic, agricultural, educational, military and industrial architecture, and is subdivided into three domains: historical monuments, general inventory, and architecture (including remarkable contemporary architecture). The database was named after writer, historian and inspector-general of historical monuments Prosper Mérimée, who published the first survey of historic monuments in 1840.
Prosper Mérimée was a French writer in the movement of Romanticism, and one of the pioneers of the novella, a short novel or long short story. He was also a noted archaeologist and historian, and an important figure in the history of architectural preservation. He is best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He learned Russian, a language for which he had great affection, and translated the work of several important Russian writers, including Pushkin and Gogol, into French. From 1830 until 1860 he was the inspector of French historical monuments, and was responsible for the protection of many historic sites, including the medieval citadel of Carcassonne and the restoration of the façade of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Along with the writer George Sand, he discovered the series of tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn, and arranged for their preservation. He was instrumental in the creation of Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, where the tapestries now are displayed. The official database of French monuments, the Base Mérimée, bears his name.
Arromanches-les-Bains is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region of north-western France.
The Ministry of Culture is the ministry of the Government of France in charge of national museums and the monuments historiques. Its goal is to maintain the French identity through the promotion and protection of the arts on national soil and abroad. Its budget is mainly dedicated to the management of the Archives Nationales and the regional Maisons de la culture.
Monument historique is a designation given to some national heritage sites in France. It may also refer to the state procedure in France by which National Heritage protection is extended to a building, a specific part of a building, a collection of buildings, garden, bridge, or other structure, because of their importance to France's architectural and historical cultural heritage. Both public and privately owned structures may be listed in this way, as well as movable objects. As of 2012 there were 44,236 monuments listed.
Ars-en-Ré is a commune on the Île de Ré in the Charente-Maritime department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.
Agencourt is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.
La Barben is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France.
Aurons is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France.
Affieux is a commune in the Corrèze department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of central France.
Altenheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in the Grand Est region of north-eastern France. It should not be confused with the German village of the same name, part of the municipality Neuried in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Ampilly-le-Sec is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.
Ampilly-les-Bordes is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.
Aubignas is a commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.
Audressein is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.
Arzens is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.
Barembach is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in the Grand Est region of north-eastern France.
Baigneux-les-Juifs is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of Central-Eastern France.
Charles Louis Ferdinand Dutert was a French architect.
The Base Palissy is the database of French movable heritage, created and maintained by the French Ministry of Culture. It was created in 1989, and placed online in 2002. The database is periodically updated, and contains more than 515,000 entries as of October 2020. It covers several types of objects: stained glass, paintings, sculptures, religious and civil objects, scientific collections and industrial heritage. Many, but not all of the described objects are also listed as historical monuments. The database was named after 16th century potter and writer Bernard Palissy.
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