What's new around Louvre-Lens

A lively European cultural destination between Paris, London, and Brussels, Around Louvre-Lens surprises visitors with its dynamic events scene. A land where the spirit of solidarity and conviviality has always been and is still alive to this day through its generous gastronomy and an ALL-year-round agenda of events and festivities.

The Louvre-Lens Museum

With more than 200 works taken from the Louvre in Paris, “The Gallery of Time” offers a journey through 5000 years of the history of art, from the birth of the written word up until the mid-XIXth Century. It provides an unexpected connection between works drawn from different schools of art, techniques and civilisations.

Climb the Highest Slag Heaps in Europe

Across 353 sites in the Mining Basin that are listed by UNESCO, five are recognized as remarkable sites: Pit 11/19 in Loos-en-Gohelle a knowledge hub with regards to sustainable development.

From the summit of the twin shale heaps, the views are unbeatable. At 145 metres above sea level, the view stretches for 30 kilometres in all directions. Nature has steadily reconquered these mountains of schist that, nowadays, provide a true playground for walkers, sporty people and families

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Overhanging the Artois plain, the land was granted for all time by the French nation to the people of Canada and is maintained by the Canadian Veterans Affairs.

The site includes the Vimy Monument, preserved front-line trenches, the Grange tunnel, two cemeteries and a visitor centre. Access to the site and its activities are free of charge, open all year round (limited mid-Dec. to mid-Jan.)

A new Visitor Education Centre was inaugurated in April 2017 for the Centenary of the Battle of Arras and Vimy Ridge.

Join the party

People in the mining basin have always loved to get together for a celebration.

The destination is bursting with energy, offering a multitude of gatherings: exhibitions at the Louvre-Lens, the Main Square Festival, Béthune retro, Sainte-Barbe celebrations, culinary festivals.

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From November 20th, 2019, read two Canadian artists' inspiring travel diary on the national monuments and museums of France!

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