Hundreds of historic sites and museums in Normandy will be open to the public on Saturday night for free with the opportunity to see some locations such as Hambye Abbey lit up against the night sky as part of an annual cultural festival.
The Pierre and Lumieres festival is in its fifth year with sites selected by the Fondation du Patrimonie with the aim of making them available to see in a different light.
â€˜Those taking part are associations, communes, tourism offices and also individuals who want to share a convivial moment with visitors,â€™ said Sandrine Hinault, regional spokesman for the Fondation.
She explained that certain architectural details can look different at night and those taking part use different lighting techniques such as candles, torches and electricity to give the buildings an unique look.
There are also concerts, storytelling, walks and lectures associated with the buildings and museums opening their doors free of charge.
Lower Normandyâ€™s regional orchestra is performing this year with a free concert at the abbey of Lucerne dâ€™Outremer and Saint Lo, capital of the Manche, is also taking part for the first time with an evening walk along the ramparts and the facade of the Haras National will be lit up by torches.
Also taking part for the first time is the owner of the Chateau Semandiere at Brecy. It is an unique chance to see a castle that dates back to the reign of the French King Henry IV and visitors can walk through the Chateau at Falaise following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror by the light of medieval torches.
A theatrical and musical evening inspired by Normandy poet Jacques Prevert at his house at Omonville-la-Petite near Cherbourg is being presented by comedians Celine Leroux and Nicolas Massoniere along with musician Ludovic Cabot.
Extracts from the letters of French painter Jean-FranÃ§ois Millet will be part of an evening in the house where he was born in the village of Gruchy, in GrÃ©ville-Hague. One of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France, Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers and being part of the movements of Realism and Naturalism. His work influenced both Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet.