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The Bois du Cazier

The Bois du Cazier

Established in 1822, the Bois du Cazier mine expanded throughout the 19th century, specifically because the coal extracted there was of very high quality.

On 8 August 1956, a huge fire broke out in the mine, claiming the lives of 262 miners of twelve different nationalities.

The mine closed in 1967, and was listed as a historic site in 1990. It includes an industrial museum, with original machinery (single-sheet rolling mill, dynamos, a 1904 electric tram, etc.) and tools, the 1956 disaster memorial area, and a glass museum.

The Bois du Cazier still has two fine restored head frames set in a 26-hectare grassed area overlooked by three slagheaps.

Listed building and site (28-05-1990 and 22-08-2011)

Exceptional heritage site of Wallonia

World Heritage listed in 2012

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