Grand-Hornu

The UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham

UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium © Rudolf Abraham

UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham


Built in the early 19th century in Neoclassical style by French entrepreneur Henri De Gorge and designed by architect Bruno Renard, Grand-Hornu is surrounded by Utopian, neatly arranged streets of worker’s housing (pictured below), and developed into one of the largest mining companies in Belgium. It is now open as a museum, and since 2012 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with three other historic mines in Wallonia.
UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium © Rudolf Abraham

Workers’ housing, Grand-Hornu, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham


Shot during a recent visit to nearby Mons during its inauguration as European Capital of Culture 2015 (January 2015)
Photos and text copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham.
Nikon D700 & 24/3.5 PC-E
To license this image or view more photos from Grand-Hornu and Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015, in Belgium click here.

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