Boussu, Belgium

Grand-Hornu is an old industrial mining complex in Hornu in the municipality of Boussu. 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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Founded: 1810-1830
Category: Industrial sites in Belgium


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Johnmartin Evans (16 months ago)
Fascinating site - full of the history of a great captain of industry in Belgium. The restaurant is superb.
Marek Sopko (2 years ago)
Interesting historical place for weekend trip, parking right in front doors, wc almost everywhere, adequate fee, English speaking personnel, English guides avail, not crowded, design and art exhibitions inside, even some parts interesting for kids
Dasha P. (3 years ago)
The building of coal mine is quite interesting. There are also some picturesque ruins and some staff from the former mine on the territory around. The art they exhibit there is far from my understanding, but may be some people like such kind of art. The one thing which I didn't like was that one of the museum exhibition hall supervisor was behaving strange and was completely impolite. That was really not pleasant. And on the contrary the girl at the entrance desk was very polite and understanding.
Albert Zaragoz√° (5 years ago)
Well worth the visit. Original architecture and nice exhibitions.
Irene (5 years ago)
Nice place, really interesting
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