National Sites and Monuments Service

The National Sites and Monuments Service (Service des sites et monuments nationaux – SSMN) is an administration under the direction of the Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research (Ministère de la Culture, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche). Its main objectives are to:

  • study and showcase national architectural heritage;
  • protect and regularly maintain classified historical sites;
  • oversee the completion of measures and work to repair and restore classified sites and buildings (e.g. Government subsidy to restore buildings constructed prior to 1914);
  • coordinate and oversee public initiatives on restoration of national architectural heritage.


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