Visiting the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia

Last Updated on February 6, 2020The Major Mining Sites of Wallonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 2012 which preserves the heritage of coal mining and early industrialization in Wallonia. The site consists of four different properties: Grand-Hornu, Bois-du-Luc, Bois du Cazier, and the Blegny-Mine.It is one of 12 world heritage sites in Belgium, and also on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.OverviewLying underneath the surface of the Earth is a massive coal seam that stretches from the UK, into Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. This was the heart of the coal region of Europe which powered the Industrial Revolution.In Wallonia (the southern French-speaking half of Belgium) there four coal mining sites that have been preserved to document the history of coal mining in the region. how it affected the workers and the communities where the mines were located, and the affect coal production had on the rise of the modern world.The location of the four sites…

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