Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

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Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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.
LocationNord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Includes108 components
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iv), (vi)
Inscription2012 (36th Session)
Area3,943 ha (9,740 acres)
Buffer zone18,804 ha (46,470 acres)
Coordinates50°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
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is located in France
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Location of Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin in France

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]

Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin location on French coal basins map.


The 108 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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