Saint-Denis to the north, Saint-Paul to the west and the duo of Saint-Pierre/Saint-Louis to the south: on Reunion Island, no fewer than four communes (out of 24) have received the prestigious seal of approval awarded by the Ministry for Culture and Communication, in support of actions taken to enhance their heritage.
Awarded at the decision of the Ministry for Culture and Communication, for a period of 10 years after which it can be renewed, the “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” (Towns and Places of Art and History) ‘label’ rewards the actions taken by communes or communities within the respective communes as a result of their policies promoting the enhancement of their built, natural and industrial heritage and their architecture. In Reunion, four municipalities have received this distinction.
Saint-Pierre and Saint-Louis, grouped together as the ‘Pays des Portes du Sud’ were the first communes on the island (and within all of the French domestic and overseas territories) to be awarded the label, which they have held since 9 September 2000. This is a well-deserved reward for the two towns, representing a vital step in the process of acquiring an understanding of something that is an essential component, both of the island’s past and its industrial future: sugar cane.