Hainaut
La Louvière
La Louvière The Essential
The Centre's main town lies near the Canal du Centre. This industrial town reach its zenith in the 19C, thanks to coal mining. It played an active role in the Belgian Surrealist Movement, when the poet Achille Chavée founded the Groupe Surréaliste du Hainaut in 1939. Also, Haine-St-Pierre, one of La Louvière's localities, was the birthplace of the sculptor Pol Bury in 1922.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for La Louvière
Écomusée régional du Centre
Écomusée régional du Centre
The last mine (working since 1685)
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Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift
Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift
The construction works which started in
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Ianchelevici Museum
Ianchelevici Museum
The former neo-Classical law courts now
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Cantine des Italiens
Cantine des Italiens
These huts were built to accommodate
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Boat trips to the lifts
Boat trips to the lifts
This trip gives an insight into the life