Things to see and do - Hornu
Leaving for Belgium
Le Grand-Hornu : Michelin's recommendations
Neo-Classical in style (arcades, pediments and colonnades), this complex was built from 1816 to 1835 for Henri de Gorge, who had bought the concession to work the coal mines. It consists of 435 workers' houses, workshops, warehouses etc. It ceased to operate in 1954, but was revitalised in 1971 by Hornu architect Henri Guchez. Since 2002, it has been home to the prestigious MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art), which has a collection of international importance encompassing a wide range of genres.