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  • 1 Canal du Centre Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    E19-42 B - 7110 Houdeng-Aimeries

    This canal was built between 1882 and 1917 to link the Meuse basin to the Escaut basin, thus creating a direct waterway between Germany and France. The 90m height difference between the two basins was resolved by building four canal lifts and six loc..

  • 2 Ianchelevici Museum

    Museums and art

    pl. Communale 21 B - 7110 La Louvière

    The former neo-Classical law courts now house a museum devoted to the artist Idel Ianchelevici (1909-1994). Ground-floor drawings and sculptures provide a fitting illustration of this Rumanian-born artist's work. The first floor hosts temporary exhib..

  • 3 Boat trips to the lifts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Tout-Y-Faut 90 B - 7110 Houdeng-Goegnies

    This trip gives an insight into the life of bargees, by passing hydraulic lifts and seeing the turning of lift bridges worked by bridgemen or lock-keepers. The trips on lifts nos 2 and 3 show how they work. The return journey by small tourist train a..

  • 4 Écomusée régional du Centre

    Museums and art

    r. St-Patrice 2B 2B B - 7110 Houdeng-Aimeries

    The last mine (working since 1685) closed in 1973. Visitors can see one of the 162 workers' houses built near the St Emmanuel Mine from 1838 to 1853. The former offices, with a fine glass roof over the inner courtyard, various tool workshops, the ele..

  • 5 Cantine des Italiens

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Tout-y-Faut B - 7110 Houdeng-Gœgnies

    These huts were built to accommodate Italian coal miners in 1945. This is the starting point for boat trips to the hydraulic lifts on the Canal du Centre.

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