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Grand Hornu

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Location type: Factory
Location address: België, Henegouwen, Boussu,Hornu
Number of texts: 2
4 stars
Made by | Reference Schwickerath | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

Grand-Hornu is an old industrial mining complex in Hornu in the municipality of Boussu, Belgium. It was built by Henri De Gorge between 1810 and 1830. It is a unique example of functional town-planning. Today it is owned by the province of Hainaut, which houses temporary exhibitions in the buildings. As one of four Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 2012

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Le Grand-Hornu has been built between 1810 and 1830, and combines mining infrastructures with the homes of administrators and workers.
The mine buildings are arranged around an oval courtyard while the management offices are adjacent to the equipment stores and workshops.
The 400 houses for the workers were built during the same period and each has a living-room, kitchen, three bedrooms upstairs, a cellar, and a small garden in the back.
The town also had a school, public baths, a dance-hall and a library.
Restoration work began in 1971, and the site now houses the Belgian Frenchspeaking
community’s museum of contemporary art (MAC :
Monument classé par Arrêté ministériel de la Région wallonne (11-03-1993)
Repris sur la liste du P. E. de Wallonie

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