FR22 CMST UNESCO heritage site - the highest slag heaps in Europe30 avr. 2022
In the commune of Loos-en-Gohelle, a former mining town, there are a series of five conical hills, of which two reach 146 meters in height. These are slag heaps, the twin peaks, locally known as "terrils" and commonly dubbed the "11-19" — the figures refer to the number of the mine pits. They are highest in Europe and are now on the UNESCO world heritage list. They are also one of the last pits in operation, before the coal industry went out of business in 1986. They are now a symbol of proud mining heritage. Near them there is a city called cite de Province, which was the place where miners and their families lived. It was destroyed during WWI and it was enlarged and rebuilt in the 1920s. There were schools for the children and other facilities for inhabitants.
Pupils paid attention to all the information given. They were active and asked questions. The result of the excursion was a feedback of the pupils.