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The twin slag heaps at the 11/19 base in Loos-en-Gohelle

The Louvre-Lens – Lens

This is where the most remarkable cultural institution in France, and a region rethinking its future, meet. The result is a completely rethought museum which at one and the same time enables visitors to wander freely through 5000 years of the history of art and looks out over the twin slag heaps of Loos-en- Gohelle, symbols of modern tourism and a region of warm welcomes and surprising discoveries. Designed by Sanaa, the famous Japanese firm of architects, the Louvre-Lens with its minimalist architecture wonderfully handles the relationship between the inside and the outside of the museum.

All you need is ALL

The Grand’Place of Arras is a little jewel. So is the Chartreuse museum in Douai. The same can be said of the Béthune belfry or the Art Deco station in Lens. The only thing these sites have in common is their contribution to the heritage promoted by Autour du Louvre-Lens. The new website provides a mine of information for discovering the remarkable sites within 30 kilometres of the Lens museum. And there’s more. On ALL you will find good deals, information about guided tours, online videos. In short, ALL will make your mouth water.

The Town Hall square in Arras, a favourite monument for French people
  • Arras: events in Town Hall square, a favourite monument of the French
  • © Rémi Vimont

Traditions - history and people

The coal-mining area is a land of tradition and folklore. The giants, football, the breweries, the chip shops, pigeon fancying, carnivals contribute to the region’s richness. A region which does not deny its past. On the contrary, ALL invites you to visit the memorial sites such as the Wellington quarries, the Notre-Dame de Lorette cemetery, and the Vimy Memorial. The long coal-mining history of the area also has pride of place. Even the inhabitants, known or not, are given the floor on the site.

Parade of the Giants at the Gayant festivities, Douai: Mr & Mrs Gayant
  • Parade of the Giants at the Gayant festivities in Douai
  • © Xavier Alphand

About the area

There a thousands of reasons to visit the coal-mining area. Visit a temporary exhibition, participate in a trail race, descend the ski piste on the Noeux-les-Mines slag heap...ALL reveals the wide choice of activities possible. But don’t forget the rest. Where to eat for example? Where to stay? How to get to each site? Market days? And where can you find typical regional produce to take home with you?

The 11/19 site at Loos-en-Gohelle, the sector's new cultural centre
  • The 11/19 site at Loos-en-Gohelle, the sector's new cultural centre
  • © Eric Desaunois

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