Canal du Centre
Trying to discover the most interesting points to see, I was surprised by a UNESCO Heritage complex of four hidraulic lifts. It's better to give space to UNESCO to justify their choice:"The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre."
Bois du Luc
All the site is... a museum. Driving or walking in the streets, give a good idea of the space, but if you want to go deeper in the visit, you must enter the museum and book an audio guided tour. We didn't!
At the end of the 19Th century, the Société des Charbonnages du Bois-du-Luc created a self sufficient village to the workers of Saint-Emmanuel pit. The village, ruled by the company, had almost everything, from restaurant to hospital, (hall, park and kiosk, leisure activities, schools, library and Saint-Barbe church). Today the Bois-du-Luc, is a museum, to show the work and daily life of a miner and his family. Bois-du-Luc is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
Address: HOUDENG-AIMERIES (LA LOUVIERE)