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Rue Sainte-Louise 82, Mons 7301, Belgium
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Mons
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Mines
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were looking to fill some time before attending the commemoration event in Mons. The place isn't easy to find but this is all we can say because we visited on a Monday and seems it closes on Mondays!

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We did not even mean to visit Le Grand Hornu, we were actually lost and in extremis with our two small children after a few problems with roadworks on the Mons ring road. But we were so glad we did, it was victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. An excellent restaurant, brilliant modern art installations, and the interesting contrast... More

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Mons, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very interesting site detailing how people lived and worked in the Mons area. A hard life was had by many in this old coal mining town.

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
77 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It is kind of cumbersome to come here if you do not have a car, you have to take a bus from la Gare of Mons (number 7) but I will say it is worth it. This is a UNESCO world heritage mining complex that has been transformed into a museum. I am not a big fan of contemporary art,... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Grand hornu is an old industrial mining complex structure in the Honru, which is now a one of the major tourist attraction, attracting several tourist whole year from the entire world. Grand hornu is the unique and live example of development and functional town planning. Now a day, it is owned by province of Hainut, he temporary conducts exhibition there... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

“Le grand Hornu” is close to Mons. It is composed of a Museum (MACs), a village where the workers lived and the industrial complex itself, which is beautiful and shocking. The complex was dedicated to the extraction of coal, and its architecture is neo-classic, well preserved and beautiful. Our excursion started there, and then we headed to Mons. Is a... More

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Mons, Belgium
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215 reviews 215 reviews
143 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great site where you can have a feel of what an industrial mining site was, and listed by the UNESCO along with 3 other similar sites in the area, I confess I have some trouble with the way the developers manage the site. A posh restaurant, a cosy cafeteria corner and the areas dedicated to modern arts have in my... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Excellent displays, great historical view of the industrial revolution in Belgium, and a very good description of the differences between the lives of the upper class and those of the working class. The staff was friendly and very helpful, especially since I don't speak the native language. The located a staff member who could help me understand the audio tour... More

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Brussels, Belgium
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This classified monument by UNESCO is a great concept museum and place to visit. The exhibitions are very avant-garde but usually of great interest. The service and people is outstanding and very well organized. The restaurant l'Ubiquite is excellent (better book). The site is a great demonstration of how to an industrial site can be recycled and turned into a... More

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Flanders, Belgium
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

yes, we were impressed by the environment and the quality of the exhitbitions. Foresee half a day to spend there and enjoy also the lunch and coffee break at their brasserie.

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