Address & contact

Place de la république - 62750 LOOS EN GOHELLE

t. 03 21 69 88 77f. 03 21 69 88 79

Place de la Republique
62750 Loos-en-Gohelle
Tel: 03 21 69 88 77
Fax: 03 21 69 88 79
E. mail: contact@loos-en-gohelle.fr
Website: www.loos-en-gohelle.fr

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 6pm
Saturday from 10am to 12am (only civil)

A little history:
Five times over the centuries, the village of Loos-en-Gohelle was destroyed: in 1213, in 1303, in 1513, in 1648, during the battle won by the Spaniards Conde.

The town of Loos-en-Gohelle suffered enormously during the First World War. Invaded in October 1914, it is fully paid in 1917 and has three great battles causing thousands of casualties: French, English, Scottish, Welsh and Canada. In 1915, not a building, not even a tree has escaped the shelling

Each time, the town was rebuilt.Past three decades, the demolition company towns, damaged by subsidence due to coal mining, have once again experienced the communal landscape. Innovative housing operations have to face this new trial.

To see:
- 1914-1918 Alexandre Villedieu Museum, the Museum of the battles of Loos: The museum displays objects of everyday soldiers reminding everyday life in the trenches.

- Loos Memorial, Dud Corner Cemetery and: In the cemeteries and memorials around, especially in that of Dud Corner of Loos-en Gohelle are honored number of icons. This is the case of Lieutenant John Kipling, son of the great British poet Rudyard Kipling author of The Jungle Book. With the reading of the poem by his father You'll be a Man my son John had wanted to embark on the front, to meet the expectations of his father, while extreme myopia prevented him.Like many others, he fell near Loos-en-Gohelle, at the age of 18, 27 September 1915, two days after the outbreak of hostilities in the Battle of Loos.

At the end of the conflict, the name of John Kipling is engraved on the Loos Memorial with the names of some 20,000 other soldiers dead including that of another famous person on the Queen Mother's brother, Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon . The Loos Memorial surrounds the Dud Corner Cemetery so called because of the large number of unexploded ordnance (Dud) found in the vicinity after the Great War.

- The base and the slag heaps of twins 11/19: 11 / / 19 is a remarkable anchored between past and future. Both figures 11 and 19 refer to numbers of old mine shafts and their horses: the old metal shaft 11 and the recent concrete from the well 19.

- The Slag Heap Chain you to discover the site of 11/19, including waste dumps, the highest in Europe (186m) through guided tours, hiking, mountain biking, orienteering and other activities.

- Common Culture, National Theatre, also based on the site of 11/19, is a production show, artists' residencies, workshops, arts and multimedia resource center.