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Le Bois du Cazier, Charleroi

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The Bois du Cazier (French pronunciation: ​[bwa dy kazje]) was a coal mine in what was then the town of Marcinelle, near Charleroi, in Belgium which today is preserved as an industrial heritage site. It is best known as the location of a major mining disaster that took place on August 8, 1956 in which 262 men, including a large number of Italian labourers, were killed. Aside from memorials to the disaster, the site features a small woodland park, preserved headframes and buildings, as well as an Industrial Museum and Glass Museum. The museum features on the European Route of Industrial Heritage and is one of the four Walloon mining sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2012.

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  • There are much better museums of mining, but this covers general industrial history of the region well, and it’s coverage of the pit disaster is unequalled, perhaps as it’s much more recent than... 
    There are much better museums of mining, but this covers general industrial history of the region well, and it’s coverage of the pit disaster is unequalled, perhaps as it’s much more recent than...  more »
  • It is a great museum of the history, economic development and life in the Walloon region, it is an important place to visit, a MUST I would say! 
    It is a great museum of the history, economic development and life in the Walloon region, it is an important place to visit, a MUST I would say!  more »
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  • Very interesting place, well explained history of a hard time. The place is not far from Germany, but nearly nothing is explained in German language. Available languages are Dutch, French, English, Italian. More than 100 victims of the catastrophy were Italian miners.
  • One of the best museum experience! A must visit for all ages. Thanks to a great audio guide, recordings of a former miner and his sister let you introduce you the life of miners and revisit the tragedy of Marcinelle and its lessons for the future, as you walk through the places which became both source of glory and shame for the country. Very moving. You cannot walk out indifferent. Could not keep my tears.

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