The Bois-du-Luc mining site is one of the oldest coal mines in Wallonia. A remarkable example of a workers' village built on a unique all-inclusive model between 1838 and 1923, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. It includes, in addition to the mine, social, cultural, festive and religious places. Thus, one discovers the miners' lodgings (the town), the period shops (grocery store, butcher's shop), the hospital but also the village hall, the kiosk, the leisure arsenal, the schools, the library and the church of Sainte-Barbe. A self-sufficient social microcosm that makes all its originality and has earned it its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. The visit allows to discover the life of the workers and their families under a paternalistic policy playing on a subtle balance between social control and profitability. A cosmopolitan society made up of Belgian "black-mouths", but also Italian, North African, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Polish and even Afghani! It allows you to understand the living conditions of the workers, the social struggles, the metamorphosis from a rural to an industrial environment, the cultural intermingling... During the self-guided tour, we advise you to take the audioguide to fully understand and survey the entire workers' village, where you can discover the beginnings of video surveillance in the director's office! You can also climb the wooded slag heaps or take a bike tour, between nature and culture.
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