Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Bassin minier du Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Vues générales du patrimoine.jpg
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is an area of great architectural and landscape diversity.

Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv, vi
Reference 1360
UNESCO region Europe
Coordinates 50°27′45″N 3°32′46″E / 50.46250°N 3.54611°E / 50.46250; 3.54611Coordinates: 50°27′45″N 3°32′46″E / 50.46250°N 3.54611°E / 50.46250; 3.54611
Inscription history
Inscription 2012 (36th Session)
Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin location on French coal basins map.

Nord-Pas-de-Calais Mining Basin is an area of France that has been added to the 2012 UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This area has been shaped after three centuries of coal extraction from 18th century to 20th century and illustrates a significant period in the history of industrialisation in Europe.[1]

The 109 components of the World Heritage area include mining pits, lift infrastructure (headgears...), slag heaps, coal transport infrastructure, railway stations, workers’ estates and mining villages including social habitat, schools, religious buildings, health and community facilities, company premises, owners and managers’ houses, town halls.

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