Denain The Essential
A farming village suddenly seized by industry. That's what happened to Denain. It was following a peaceful way of life when the discovery of coal deposits in 1828 suddenly made it an important industrial centre. The town had 15 mines; the last one, the Renard pit, was closed in 1948 but its earthworks still dominate the little city that Emile Zola chose to document it before writing Germinal.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Denain
Renard Slag Heap
Renard Slag Heap
The landscape of the Nord region is
15 minutes
Jean-Bart Miners' Estate
Jean-Bart Miners' Estate
A building dating from 1852 still
15 minutes
Ernestine Estate
Ernestine Estate
The estate is composed of groups of
30 minutes
Bellevue Estate
Bellevue Estate
Some of the houses are grouped around
15 minutes