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July 24 2021
The Cordouan lighthouse, a world heritage site !

The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee and its 21 member states have just voted in favour of including the Cordouan lighthouse on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List.

March 15 2021
A webinar dedicated to the king of lighthouses

As part of the Cordouan lighthouse’s application for World Heritage status, SMIDDEST and its partners (DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, DIRM Sud-Atlantique, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Charente-Maritime and Gironde departments ) are organising a webinar devoted entirely to Cordouan, in partnership with the National Heritage Institute.

March 12 2021
A signature to continue the adventure

The application of the Cordouan lighthouse to the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites requires that the image of the monument be used in a manner consistent with its values. This signature will contribute to making Cordouan shine and to consolidating its reputation.

August 19 2021
Cordouan takes up residence at Sea Museum

On Sunday 6 September 2020, an exceptional day dedicated to the Cordouan lighthouse, a candidate site for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is being organised at the Sea Museum.

July 18 2019
Cordouan, lighthouse of the year 2019

The Cordouan lighthouse had the honour of being named “Lighthouse of the Year 2019” on the occasion of the first World Aids to Navigation Day organised by IALA.

January 31 2019
UNESCO application : France chooses Cordouan !

We are pleased to announce that the Cordouan Lighthouse has been nominated by France for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The lighthouse is now competing internationally.


Press kits

Dossier de presse unesco
July 24 2021
Cordouan lighthouse listed as a world heritage site

The Cordouan lighthouse is now on the World Heritage List in the same way as the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt or the Taj Mahal. The sentinel of the largest estuary in Europe is recognised as a universal heritage site and enters the history of humanity.

January 16 2020
Site visit

At the time of a UNESCO application, the renovation marks the will of all the actors of the territory to preserve the monument in order to transmit to future generations the heritage, technical and human values that it embodies.

January 31 2019
Genral kit press

Enhancing the cultural, artistic and educational potential of Cordouan, encouraging national and international cooperation and facilitating access for visitors are all ways of honouring the exceptional universal value of this unique lighthouse.


media kit

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Press contact

Mélissa Dallon
Miss Mélissa Dallon
Head of the Cordouan mission
Phone number. :

12, street Saint-Simon
33390 Blaye