Rendez-vous in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

  • Parc de la Porte du Hainaut, communauté d'agglomération de la Porte du Hainaut, Raismes, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

    Parc de la Porte du Hainaut, communauté d'agglomération de la Porte du Hainaut, Raismes, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

    © WikimediaCommons/Jérémy Jännick

  • Embranchement ferroviaire de la Fosse Arenberg de la Compagnie des mines d'Anzin, Haveluy et Wallers, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

    Embranchement ferroviaire de la Fosse Arenberg de la Compagnie des mines d'Anzin, Haveluy et Wallers, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

    © WikimediaCommons/Jérémy Jännick

Rendez-vous in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 59135 Wallers-Arenberg fr

The Arenberg quary punctuated the life of the Wallers common for most of the 20th century.

Even after the mining site was closed down in 1989, most of the former miners were called upon to take part in Claude Berri's film, Germinal.

In terms of cycling, Arenberg is also known for the famous “tranchée” where Paris-Roubaix is sometimes won and often lost, since it was introduced on the course in 1968, thanks to Jean Stablinski's idea.

During the 2010 Tour, the finish line of a stage including several cobbled sectors saw Thor Hushovd triumph just by the old mine.

Must see

  • The Arenberg Mine,
  • Saint-Amand Abbey Tower,
  • The Italian-style theatre in Denain,
  • Denain museums,
  • Saint-Amand,
  • Bouchain,
  • Escaudain.

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