Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 2012
Size of heritage: 3,943 ha
- Buffer zone: 18,804 ha
Remarkable as a landscape shaped over three centuries of coal extraction from the 1700s to the 1900s, the site consists of 109 separate components over 120,000 ha. It features mining pits (the oldest of which dates from 1850) and lift infrastructure, slag heaps (some of which cover 90 ha and exceed 140 m in height), coal transport infrastructure, railway stations, workers’ estates and mining villages including social habitat, schools, religious buildings, health and community facilities, company premises, owners and managers’ houses, town halls and more. The site bears testimony to the quest to create model workers’ cities from the mid 19th century to the 1960s and further illustrates a significant period in the history of industrial Europe. It documents the living conditions of workers and the solidarity to which it gave rise.
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Medium airport - 10 mi (17 km) Lille-Lesquin Airport
Medium airport - 21 mi (35 km) Maubeuge-Élesmes Airport
Medium airport - 24 mi (39 km) Wevelgem Airport
Medium airport - 29 mi (47 km) Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Medium airport - 40 mi (65 km) Merville-Calonne Airport
Medium airport - 41 mi (67 km) Péronne-Saint-Quentin Airport
Medium airport - 47 mi (76 km) Brussels Airport
Large airport - 51 mi (83 km) Laon - Chambry Airport
Small airport - 60 mi (97 km) Liège Airport
Large airport - 84 mi (136 km) Eindhoven Airport
Large airport - 105 mi (169 km) Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Large airport - 110 mi (177 km) Paris-Orly Airport
Large airport - 131 mi (212 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Chasse Royale
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Haute Rive
- La Croisette
- La Garenne
- Le Boquet
- Outre l'Eau