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Visitors to the Wallonia Mining Sites learn about life above and below ground. Pictured: the view of the mining gallery at 30 metres deep.
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Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Belgium

Wallonia Region, Belgium
The four sites in this coal basin in Wallonia stretch across 170km—and are symbolic of the industrial revolution that changed the shape of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. The sites reflect the influence of architectural and urban trends linked to the utopian view of the industrial and workers city that arose in the Age of Enlightenment. These well-preserved sites now have fascinating museums that pay homage to the generations of miners from across Europe who lived and worked here.