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A farming village suddenly seized by industry. That's what happened to Denain. It was following a peaceful way of life when the discovery of coal deposits in 1828 suddenly made it an important industrial centre. The town had 15 mines; the last one, the Renard pit, was closed in 1948 but its earthworks still dominate the little city that Emile Zola chose to document it before writing Germinal.

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  • Ernestine Estate

    138-140 r. Ludovic-Trarieux F - 59860 Denain

    The estate is composed of groups of around twenty dwellings.

  • Jean-Bart Miners' Estate

    Avenue Villars F - 59860 Denain

    A building dating from 1852 still remains of this old mining estate, now the academy of music. The miner poet, Jules Mousseron (1868-1943) used to live here.

  • Renard Slag Heap

    Rue Pierre-Bériot F - 59860 Denain

    The landscape of the Nord region is naturally flat but modified somewhat by slag heaps, some as much as 100m high. Since they fell into disuse, they have been developed in other ways: trees have been planted or sports equipment installed so that peop..

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