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Sites miniers majeurs de Wallonie


Since 2012, the sites of "Grand-Hornu", "Bois-du-Luc", "Bois du Cazier" et "Blegny-Mine" are registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

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Since 2012, the sites of "Grand-Hornu", "Bois-du-Luc", "Bois du Cazier" et "Blegny-Mine" are registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

These sites cross Blegium from East to West on a 170km-long strip of land, and are the most-well preserved remains of the coal mining industry in Belgium from the 19th and the 20th century.

Each site represents and testify of this significant period of history:

  • Grand Hornu, located in the Hainault province, not far from Mons, illustrates the neo-classical architecture aspect of the industrial era;
  • Bois-du-Luc testifies of the social aspect of the era, with its colliers/minors village émoigne;
  • Bois du Cazier is the site representing the place of remembrance of immigration as wells as working-class condition and testify of the harsh life conditions as well as tragical events;
  • Blegny-Mine testifies of the "Know-how", with one of the lengthiest coal-mining, which started beginning 19th to end in the 80's.
Sites miniers majeurs de Wallonie
route de mons
7301 Hornu