The Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is remarkable for being the venue of coal extraction for more than 3 centuries. It was an active mining destination from 1700s to 1900s, and consists of 109 separate components which covers over 120,000 hectares. Its oldest mining pit covers 90 hectares and is as deep as 140 meters.

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The Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is remarkable for being the venue of coal extraction for more than 3 centuries. It was an active mining destination from 1700s to 1900s, and consists of 109 separate components which covers over 120,000 hectares. Its oldest mining pit covers 90 hectares and is as deep as 140 meters.

The intriguing landscape features health facilities, community facilities, company premises, town halls, schools, coal transport infrastructure, railway stations etc. The site bears testimony of quest to develop a modern workers’ city.

The slag heaps, woods and mining ponds and farmland shows a people who were dedicated to making something out of their life. The town also features sites that were dedicated to remembrance and celebration of the mining basin's history as well as that of its miners.

If you know the history of Europe, you would already know that coal played a pivotal role in the industrial revolution of the continent. It was the key fuel for trains and industries which helped catapult the continent to the economic success it have today. The Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin played its part in seeing the development of France into a major world power and for this reason alone, you should pay the basin a visit.

Even more important is how the basin’s residents interacted. It was modeled for self-sufficiency and this became a model for other industrial cities in France and around the world. The basin consisted of several quarters namely:

  1. The mining pits
  2. The factory where the ore was processed into coal
  3. The offices where the coal transactions were executed
  4. The Miners and office workers residences
  5. The logistical infrastructure and
  6. Public Utilities

All these careful planning is what led to this mining basin being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.The site is a major draw to tourists that want to learn about the industrial revolution form its inception days in the early 18th century. If you want to visit a destination where you will learn a lot at very little cost, then head to Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin and you will never regret.

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