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Bettignies, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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Bettignies, a charming small town nestled in northern France, in the heart of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, is a haven of tranquility steeped in history and tradition. This picturesque village captivates visitors with its bucolic landscapes, verdant fields, and traditional red-brick houses. Strolling through the quiet streets of Bettignies, one can feel the authentic and warm atmosphere of the Fr...See more

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Losseau house
13 km

Losseau house

In the centre of Mons, the Maison Losseau, a jewel of art nouveau, has undergone major restoration and enhancement work. The dwelling, as well as the adjacent buildings, are now accessible to the public. In the heart of this furnished house, listed as an exceptional Walloon Heritage Site associated with the famed architects Paul Saintenoy, Henri Sauvage and Charles Sarrazin, the floral decor is delicately decorated with mosaics, panelling, stained glass, inlaid parquet, cabinets, chandeliers and various objects.In addition to the listed house, that the lawyer Léon Losseau designed as “ideal, with all the technical improvements and artistic refinements”, the Province of Hainaut and the Losseau Foundation open the doors of an Interpretation Centre whose scenography, bringing to mind the world of the library and the cabinet of curiosities, lets you address the concerns and passions of Losseau, the art nouveau that he was fond of, his magnificent collection of medals and the episode of the discovery of the original edition of Une Saison en enfer by Rimbaud.On the second floor, a rich centre of Hainaut literature welcomes students, researchers and readers interested in the literature and history of Hainaut. With comfortable spaces for consultation and reading, an area devoted to comics and literature for young people, it also features collections by Léon Losseau, Charles Plisnier and Claire Lejeune, in a completely renovated environment open to the magnificent garden of the house.Guided tours in several languages upon reservation by email.

37/39 Rue de Nimy 7000 Mons
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Take a boat tour around Bettignies.
The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes
9.7 km

The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes

Located in a green setting 7km from Mons, the SILEX’S is an exceptional archaeological site recognised by UNESCO in 2000, one of the oldest sites accessible to the general public. Activities at the SILEX’S       · Museum trailLocated in the heart of a Natura 2000 area, the SILEX’S is an interpretation centre for the Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes, helping you understand all the facets of this archaeological site with an international reputation.       · Descent into the minesAfter a two-year break due to the pandemic, the descents are starting again! Visit the underground mines accompanied by a guide for a descent to a depth of 10 metres. Every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday at 2 pm - During school holidays, from Thursday to Sunday at 2 pm - Reservation required at visitMons on 065/33.55.80. 12 persons max (subject to availability) - 8€ + entrance fee (From 10 years old)       · Site walks and nature bookletTake a breath of fresh air during the 4 walks around the site. Accessible to the whole family. The itineraries are available at the SILEX’S reception. As a bonus, a nature booklet will be issued to the children so that they can discover the site outdoors from a new perspective. In this booklet, they will find challenges and explanations helping them spot animals and discover more about certain birds, the local fauna and some small insects.       · Outdoor exhibition and meetings with archaeologistsDiscover the site’s latest archaeological treasures (human bones, pollen, flints, etc.) and the professions involved in archaeology, thanks to a selection of photographs and explanations. An exhibition by the AWAP. You will also have the opportunity to meet the archaeologists busy at work. From Tuesday to Friday, free access to the excavation area of the Walloon Heritage Agency (AWaP) and the Prehistoric Research Company of Hainaut (SRPH).    

300 Rue du Point du Jour 7032 Spiennes
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The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes
9.7 km

The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes

Nestled in a lush green setting, the “Silex’s” is an interpretation centre dedicated to the Neolithic mines in Spiennes that will be opening its doors in April 2015 to introduce visitors to all aspects of this internationally renowned archaeological site. The centre will help to protect, promote and improve access to this archaeological site. Visitors will be able to follow educational trails around the site and in the pavilion, they will able to walk around looking over the archaeological digs. The highlight is a trip down into a real Neolithic mine 9 metres deep – you will need to book ahead for this experience, and extreme care must be taken. Come and explore this exceptional archaeological site! Recognised by UNESCO in 2000, the Spiennes mining site is one of the oldest and largest flint mining centres in Europe. Studded with thousands of shafts, the site covers 100 hectares and is 6km from Mons. It bears witness to the evolution of the first sedentary societies and is a unique research site. By digging down mine shafts up to 16 metres deep, Neolithic man developed the techniques needed to extract large slabs of slate that could weigh up to hundreds of kilograms. They also honed their knapping expertise, which is now recognised as an example of human ingenuity. Discovered in 1867, when the area was being dug out for a railway line between Mons and Chimay, the site has been excavated ever since. The oldest mines and knapping areas found there are 6,400 years old. As well as the unbelievable number of shards of flint that fill the ground at Spiennes, confirming that once the flint has been brought to the surface, it was cut there too, excavations have uncovered thousands of objects including axes, flint blades and pottery, but also the remains of wildlife and human skeletons. Nearby, an enclosed Neolithic village has also been discovered but remains as yet unexplored.

300 Rue du Point du Jour 7032 Mons
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We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾