This monument of industrial archaeology is a memorial to an idealistic -- or paternalistic -- employer. Mine-owner Henri de Gorge (1774-1832) constructed the complex between 1810 and 1830 in neoclassical style, and attached to it some 450 well-designed and well-equipped houses for his workers. Fallen into disuse and dereliction, Grand-Hornu was bought in the 1970s by a local architect and restored. It's a fascinating, unlikely mixture of antiquarian sensibility and gritty industrial reality that showcases the Victorian entrepreneurial tradition at its best. A part of the site has been given over to exhibits of contemporary art.
Rue Ste-Louise 82, Hornu, Belgium
Our Rating Neighborhood Hornu (13km/8 miles southwest of Mons) Hours Tues-Sun 10am-6pm Phone 065/65-21-21 Prices Admission 10€ adults; 6€ seniors, students, and ages 12-18; 2€ children 6-12; free for children 5 and under Web site Grand-Hornu
MapRue Ste-Louise 82 Hornu Belgium Mons
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