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BNP Paribas will this month be joining in the 31st annual European Heritage Days. Once again this year both staff and the general public are invited to come and see inside some of the Group’s historic landmark buildings in Europe during the weekend of 20 - 21 September.

For the third year running, BNP Paribas will be taking part in the European Heritage Days 2014 initiative, inviting Group staff and the general public to visit four sites in France and Belgium which boast outstanding architecture and a fascinating history:

  • The building at 14, rue Bergère in Paris, which accommodates the head office of BNP Paribas Investments Partners and was the historic headquarters of the Comptoir national d’escompte de Paris, a forerunner of BNP Paribas
  • The Nancy branch at 58, rue Saint Jean, originally the headquarters of Banque Renauld, a regional financial institution which was also one of the Group’s forerunner banks
  • The premises at 20, rue Royale in Brussels, the historic HQ of banks which gave rise to the present-day BNP Paribas Fortis
  • The strongroom situated at 29, rue Ravenstein in Brussels, created by the celebrated Belgian designer Jules Wabbes

This event gives BNP Paribas the opportunity to share with the public the rich architectural heritage embodied in premises which are also venues for daily business for our staff and customers.  Interest has been considerable in previous years: on average we welcomed 4,000 visitors through our doors during the 2012 and 2013 Heritage Days.




Paris – Sunday 21 September, 10am to 5pm

Guided tours (no reservations necessary) of the Bergère building, headquarters of the Comptoir national d’escompte de Paris from 1852 to 1966

New features:

  • 30-minute talks by professional guide Philippe Schmitt-Kummerlee on the story of the Bergère building in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris in 1880
  • Sessions at 11am and 3pm in the Gilles Glicenstein Auditorium (free entry)
  • Photo exhibition on the Bergère building at the time of its construction, featuring prints from photographic plates made by photographer Louis-Emile Durandelle (1839-1917)

Access: 14, rue Bergère, Paris 9th, Metro Lines 8 and 9: exit Grands Boulevards Station



Nancy – Saturday 20 September, 10am to 5pm

Guided tours (no reservations necessary) of the Nancy branch, originally the headquarters of the regional financial institution Banque Renauld, whose construction was inspired by the Art Nouveau style

Access: 58, rue Saint-Jean, Nancy (54)



Brussels – Sunday 21 September, 10am to 6pm

Guided tours (no reservations necessary) of the BNP Paribas Fortis historic headquarters building

Access: 20, rue Royale – Metro Lines 1 and 5: exit Parc Station; tramlines 92 and 94: exit Parc Station

New features:

Brussels – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, 10am to 6pm

Access: Montagne du Parc branch at 29, rue Ravenstein, Brussels.


Discover the "Open Days" events in Italy and Luxembourg :

  • On the occasion of the Invito a Palazzo event, BNL (BNP Paribas Group) will open the doors to its historical building and art collection in Rome.
    Rome: Via Veneto 119, Saturday 4 October, 10am to 7pm
  • On the occasion of the Private Art Kirchberg event, BGL BNP Paribas will invite the public to discover, or re-discover, their art collections with this year a tribute to artist François Gillen.
    Luxembourg, 50 avenue J.F. Kennedy, Sunday 28 September, 12am to 7pm


  • Guided tours led by professional historical tour guides
  • Photo booth to enable you to create a personal souvenir of your visit
  • Brochures on the BNP Paribas Group’s architectural legacy, created in partnership with leading French historical magazine Historia
  • Talks on the history of the buildings

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