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Gaze in wonder at masterpieces at the Louvre, amaze yourself by the wonderful panorama at the top of the highest mining mountains in Europe, be moved at the foot of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, stroll through downtown streets with pretty Art Deco facades, join in the excitement at a Lens football game and taste one of our famous beers… in Lens you will continually be surprised by what you discover.

Situated in the heart of North-West Europe, at a crossroads between three European capitals, (Paris, Brussels and London), the Lens-Liévin district is in an excellent geographic position developed by an exceptional network of transportation infrastructures: the A26 and A21 motorways, waterways, TGV service and a dense rail network...
The district has the youngest population in France. Brave and willing, the people of Lens will give you a warm welcome. The district is also home to athletes, with two internationally-acclaimed facilities: Bollaert Stadium, where the Lens Sang et Or football team plays, and Liévin's Regional Indoor Stadium, a major site for international track and field championships. As for the district's scenery, you will be surprised by its diversity.

A historic land, Lens was cut in two by the front lines from 1914 to 1918. Cemeteries and commemorative monuments are today's signs of the wounds of war and are proof of the intensity of human sacrifice. At the end of the war, our cities were huge construction zones, and rebuilding a huge challenge. The architects of the day had the choice of several different styles. You will therefore find lovely Art Deco facades next to Flemish-inspired buildings in the heart of our cities.

The mining era was the origin of great cultural diversity. Not less than twenty-nine nationalities came to the coalfields to work at the mines. Some parts of the region are even referred to as "Little Poland." Such is the case in and around Lens. Head frames, mining mountains and mining communities are part of the mining scenery that evolved around the collieries. Today, within the Trame Verte green policy, former industrial sites have "gone green," offering areas for relaxation and leisure. Indeed, it is on a former colliery site that the Louvre Lens will open its doors in 2012. Far from the black image of coal, you'll discover green valleys west of Lens and Liévin, where nature and the environment are protected. Several hiking trails, marked and maintained, offer the possibility of walking about the Artois hills.

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