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Conference : "Architecture and heritage – A constant dialogue"

Veytaux - Conférence

Architecture and heritage – A constant dialogue by Bernard Verdon and Antoine Graf.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Note: conferences will only take place in French !

Historical monuments should be considered as they are at the precise moment preservation/restoration works are planned. In other words, we must always adhere to a building’s specific history; but this history is rarely applicable to the building in its entirety, and buildings rarely retain all of their original materials. A building is usually made up of successive layers linked to its changing usage, the natural evolution of construction techniques, or even in line with the deterioration or wear and tear of its materials.
Current ethical principles with regard to preservation and restoration tend to favour the preservation of monuments’ material authenticity, so that future generations can understand and interpret cultural assets in all their complexity. However, when an object is stripped of its original materials and, as a result, its significant historical substance changes too much, it loses its status as a cultural asset and its value as a testament to the past. It appears that, in the case of exceptional figures such as this, the object in question must be restored.
This is exactly how ethical principles have been taken into account with the current preservation/restoration works being carried out on Chillon Castle. This delving into the depths of the building’s heritage values is the pivotal aim of the work by the architect Antoine Graf and Bernard Verdon; with the former in charge of everyday maintenance of the monument, and the latter the President of the Technical Commission.

5pm: Guided, in-depth tour of the exhibition
6:30pm: Conference

One-off price of 30 CHF/person for guided tour + conference
or 12.50 CHF/person for the conference only (free for the Circle of Friends of Chillon Castle)

Tickets: or at the ticket office on the day of the event
Info: / +41(0)21 966 89 10

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    Temporarily closure until 30th April 2020. In line with guidance from the Swiss public health authority and Vaud Council, Chillon Castle is temporarily closed until end of April 2020. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding

    Admission fees
    Adult CHF 13.50
    Child 6-15 years CHF 7.00
    Family (2 adults with up to 5 children 6-15 years) CHF 35.00

    GROUPS (20 peolple min.)
    Admission fees
    Adult CHF 10.50
    Child 6-15 years CHF 6.00

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