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Site minier de Wallers-Arenberg

Rue Michel Rondet
59135 Wallers
Wallers-Arenberg mine site The mining site reinvents itself There is no heritage without an heir! The Mining Basin of Nord-Pas de Calais has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2012. The territory and its stakeholders are engaged in the management and protection of this precious heritage with a view to transmitting it to future generations. Far from freezing it, this preservation is based on the reconversion of an entire territory: the Wallers-Arenberg mine site, now a center of excellence dedicated to the image and digital media of the future, is one of the big five emblematic sites of this heritage reconversion. The history of the mining site from 1899 to today Opened in 1899 by the Anzin Mining Company, the Arenberg pit symbolizes the entire evolution of the mining epic. It was commissioned in 1903 and quickly became one of the most productive in the Company: 218,915 tons in 1906, and up to 452,630 tons in 1930. In 1930, coal production increased dramatically while extraction continue to evolve. In 1954, the national coal mines Arenberg create a new headquarters and build a more efficient laundry. The site becomes a powerful headquarters of concentration, equipped with the most modern equipment. Yet the recession in the 1970s and the depletion of resources are shattering production. The operation will cease in March 1989. The mine site will be revived during the filming of the film Germinal, directed by Claude Berri in 1993, with the main actors Miou-Miou, Gerard Depardieu and Renaud. The spotlights again extinguished, some passionate minors who played the role of extras in the film, decided to create the association friends of Germinal and former minors. Reconverted into guides, they comment with great emotion and anecdotes their place of work invested including a showroom on the lives of miners and the history of Arenberg, and by the galleries of the sets of the film Germinal . Protected as Historic Monuments since 1992, the Wallers-Arenberg Trench, unique with its three rulers, is one of the major sites of the World Heritage Mining Basin. A prestigious recognition for our territory and its heritage! Precious like the pyramids of Egypt What does this prestigious recognition tell us about our territory and its heritage? Yes, the history of the mining basin counts! Yes, part of the History of Humanity has been written here. Yes, for many centuries, industrial and labor history has changed the face of the world, and it is just as important as that of pharaohs, cathedral builders or kings. No more no less ! Our heritage and our landscapes tell this human footprint with strength. And if they are not preserved, if we do not take care of them, who will testify in 50, 100 years and even ... in 40 centuries as for the Pyramids of Egypt? Exceptional and plural The mining site of Wallers-Arenberg, a great mining site, takes us back in time, in the heart of the history of the Black Maw. The discovery of the surrounding mining towns, conical or flat slag heaps, the imposing Raismes-Saint-Amand-Wallers forest and the spectacular pond at Goriaux, offer us a concentrate of the richness and diversity of the landscapes of the mining basin. extending from east to west, for 120 km, from Condé-sur-l'Escaut to Enquin-lez-Guinegatte. To represent all these facets, the perimeter of the World Heritage Mining Basin includes 353 heritage elements and 4000 hectares of landscape. HOW TO DISCOVER THE MINING SITE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS? From January 27, 2020 until the end of 2020, the buildings that house the historic heritage trail and the pit tile forecourt are the subject of a vast restoration and upgrading project. So we give you an appointment in 2021 to (re) discover the mine site and its rich heritage. Possibility of other thematic guided tours in French and foreign languages by the guides of the Tourist Office. Immediately, until December 31, 2019, guided tours of the mine site proposed: FOR INDIVIDUALS: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am: visit The mine makes its cinema provided by a former miner. Saturdays and Sundays afternoon: guided tour (according to programming) by a professional guide of the Tourist Office. Price guided tour of the mining site: 5 € / person.Information on the dates of the guided tours at the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut at +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by mail:; in the Agenda section of our website or the downloadable Animations guide below! For cycling fans: from May to September, the Bike Tour in Wallers-Arenberg from the mine site with a guide from the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut, subject to availability. Duration: 2 hours. Only in the afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays. Minimum 10 people for the visit to be assured. Price: 7 € / person, bike rental not included. INFORMATION AND BOOKING 8 days before the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by mail: FOR GROUPS: Reservations, information and rates from the Tourist Office on +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by mail: or the association for the protection and protection of the heritage and former miners of Wallers-Arenberg at +33 ( 0) 6 04 15 05 44 (Mr. Cottel). The hosting of professional events: Trade shows, seminars, plenaries, screenings ... The Tourist Office and Arenberg Creative Mine offer to organize on the site, management meetings, steering committees, brainstorming, etc. With possibility to combine on site or around, a team-building type activity, guided tour, cycling, introduction to Nordic walking, and activities hosted on site ... For the organization, contact the Tourist Office at +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by mail: UNESCO World Heritage: A cultural and festive season all year long throughout the Mining Basin Nord Pas de Calais. More information on:
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