The label “Ville ou Pays d’art et d’histoire” (City or Country of Art and History), qualifies territories, municipalities or groups of municipalities which, aware of the stakes involved in the appropriation of their architecture and heritage by the inhabitants, commit themselves to an active approach of knowledge, conservation, mediation and support for architectural quality and the quality of the living environment.
This voluntary approach results in the signature of an agreement “Ville d’art et d’histoire” or “pays d’art et d’histoire”, elaborated in close consultation between the Ministry of Culture and Communication (regional directorates of cultural affairs and the general directorate of heritage) and the local authorities. It defines precise objectives and includes a financial component.
The National Council of Cities and Countries of Art and History, created in 1995, sets the main orientations of this national policy, which are translated, within the conventions, by the following objectives:
- Increase residents’ awareness of their living environment and encourage quality tourism
- Initiate the young public to architecture, heritage and urban planning
- Present the city or country in an Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Center.
The implementation of these actions requires the creation of a service of animation of architecture and heritage. At its head, an animator of architecture and heritage recruited by competition, works in relation to guide-lecturers.
The LTRC contributes to the implementation of the policy of the “Grands Sites Occitanie Sud de France” (South of France Great Sites), which is part of the regional plan for the development of tourism and leisure activities. This label aims to reinforce the economic, tourist and cultural attractiveness of the territories. It is also the guarantee of an international promotion of the destination which benefits from it and it allows it to obtain subsidies from the Region.
Present for more than 60 years, the label ” Villes et Villages Fleuris “.
It rewards the commitment of communities to improve their living environment. It takes into account the place given to plants in the development of public spaces, the protection of the environment, the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, the enhancement of the French botanical heritage, the reclaiming of city centers, the attractiveness of tourism and the involvement of citizens in the heart of projects.
The label is a tool to help municipalities improve the well-being of their inhabitants and preserve the identity of their territories, while developing their living environment.
In 2024, France will host the biggest sporting event on the planet and Montauban, a land of sports, will take part in this exceptional celebration with the “Land of the Games 2024” label. Awarded by the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, it rewards the city’s sports policy.
As part of this process, Montauban has also applied to join the official list of preparation centers for the games and hopes to welcome foreign delegations during training sessions prior to the events. Thanks to the label it has just obtained, the city of Montauban will be able to share its good practices, to make its citizens live unique emotions, to allow them to discover sports and, finally, to give an exceptional visibility to its actions thanks to the spotlight of the Games.
This emphasis on the “gourmet city” shows the willingness of a city to develop around gastronomy, the wealth of local products and local specialties. These “gourmet cities” allow to federate producers, craftsmen and shopkeepers around their local products and tend to raise the quality of service of the whole city.