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Each scene from Auguste Labouret's (1871-1964) mosaic frescos, at the Art Deco train station (1927) in Lens, evokes the spirit of mining.
© Jean-Michel André

Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France

Nord-Pas de Calais, France
Located in the north of France, the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is a cultural landscape that stretches across around 4,000 hectares and is full of technical and architectural treasures resulting from three centuries of coal mining. By walking in the miners' footsteps down the shafts and hearing their stories first hand, you can begin to understand the life and conditions of the workers.
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Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France

Hours

The Arenberg Pit at Wallers:
Opening hours: Visits by appointment only through the Porte du Hainaut Tourist Information Office.

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The Delloye Pit, Mining History Centre at Lewarde:
Opening hours:
From 1 March to 14 November: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:30.
From 15 November to 28 February: Monday to Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00. Sunday and public holidays: 10:00 to 17:00.
Pre-booked group visits from 8:00.

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The 9/9b Pit at Oignies:
Opening hours: Visits by appointment only through the 9/9b Heritage Department.

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The 11/19 Pit at Loos-en-Gohell:
Opening hours: Visits by appointment only through the Lens-Liévin Tourist Information Office.