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Trip Planner: Europe / Belgium / Wallonia / Hainaut Province / Charleroi / Le Bois du Cazier
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.Using our world travel planner, Charleroi attractions like Le Bois du Cazier can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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 »
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.
UNESCO site of industrial heritage. Staff is very polite and helpful. Definitely worthy of your visit. Amazing to think in what conditions people lived and worked to provide energy for the country. It is also a place of a human tragedy which took lives of several hundred people.
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