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.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Compagnie des Mines d’Anzin: Ensemble commémoratif
  • Château des Douaniers

Compagnie des Mines d’Anzin: Ensemble commémoratif

Château des Douaniers

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
France 
Category
Cultural
Name
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
2012
Keyword
Mining Site, Registered in 2012