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Report - Hasard Cheratte Mine 04/08/08

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Rookinella, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Visited with Vivo, Speed and Winchester.

    This was the third massive site we did on one day so we were pretty knackered but raring to go on this one. We sat in the car and ate Ketchup flavour crisps and laughed at a girl who ran like a duck and two boys playing a dangerous game of football/volleyball. Me and Winch spoke broken French which was to become to basis of our communication for the rest of the trip. I loved Cheratte even if it was a bit fucked-probably one of my favourite sites of the whole roadtrip. So here's the pics and a bit of history:)

    This is a bit of history from Opacity coz I couldn't find anything on Wikipedia, cheers Opacity;)
    This coal mine, located in the heart of the town of Cheratte, dates back to the 1860's, and was one of the numerous mines in the Liège coal basin. The main buildings consists of a tall, castle-like winding tower over shaft which is connected to two similar looking wings, which held washrooms and other related facilities. A low laying building in the center of the facility served as a lamp room and charging area. The remains of a tower can be seen on the hill behind the mine, which sits over the shaft "Puits Hognée," and was used to transport waste materials. The imposing concrete winding tower sits over shaft, which is the deepest shaft at this facility (480 meters).

    The mine has been closed since 1977, and has remained undisturbed for the most part. It has been designated as a Belgian protected landmark, which equates to fencing, signs, and nothing else.


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