The coal fields
In Lens, the horizon opens between green shale heaps and prominent head frames.


Le bassin minier For 150 years, the area around Lens lived by and for coal. In order to conserve the sites of this golden age, the Coalfield Territory has submitted a formal application to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. Today, the land, radically changed from coal extraction, has offered its inhabitants a new face to admire. Former industrial wastelands have given birth to leisure areas and soon the Louvre-Lens museum. The dozens of slag heaps that dot the Lens Plain called "Gohelle" are slowly being colonised by vegetation and fauna that feeds on their heat. At the top of these small mountains, that were once feared to ruin local scenery, one now enjoys a 360° panorama as far as the eye can see.

Découvrez ci-dessous la vidéo de soutien du Bassin minier à la candidature au Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco.
The coal fields