Saturday, 27 October 2012

1344 BE - Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (2012)

Brief Description

"The four sites of the property form a strip 170 km long by 3–15 km wide, crossing Belgium from east to west, consisting of the best-preserved 19th- and 20th-century coal-mining sites of the country. It features examples of the utopian architecture from the early periods of the industrial era in Europe within a highly integrated, industrial and urban ensemble, notably the Grand-Hornu colliery and workers’ city designed by Bruno Renard in the first half of the 19th century. Bois-du-Luc includes numerous buildings erected from 1838 to 1909 and one of Europe’s oldest collieries dating back to the late 17th century. While the Walloon region had hundreds of collieries, most have lost their infrastructure, while the four components of the listed site retain a high measure of integrity."

Source UNESCO WH website

1344rev-001     Grand Hornu
1344rev-002     Bois-du-Luc
1344rev-003     Bois du Cazier
1344rev-004     Blegny-Mine

Courtesy of Gerda from Belgium
1344rev-001     Grand Hornu

Courtesy of Gerda from Belgium
1344rev-003     Bois du Cazier

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