Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Mine for creation

Porte du Hainaut is a community of agglomerations uniting 46 communes (158,787 inhabitants) in the heart of Nord-Pas de Calais and close to Belgium. Its territory is strong and dynamic in terms of economic development and tourist attractiveness, thanks to its industrial architecture, its cultural heritage (Denain theatre), the quality of its waters (spa of St Amand), its gastronomy and numerous festivities. Open air walks and rides, guided visits, boating, treks or horse rides along the banks of the Escat, Scarpe or Sensee, protected zones in the Regional Nature Park, fluvial cruises… 


End of the 5th stage of the Tour, the mining site of Arenberg, labelled "Great Memory Site", has been listed since 2012 as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Its rehabilitation took place thanks to the fields of image, research and digital media. Already a famous site for shooting movies, it will welcome in 2015 researchers from the Valenciennes university De Visu laboratory. The aim is to develop cooperation between cultural, economic and scientific actors to turn Arenberg into a fertile site for creation in the future.

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Arenberg mining site © Ville d'Arenberg
Stage town for the 2nd time
Population : 5,600 inhabitants in Wallers-Arenberg, commune in the Nord department (59) and seat of the urban community of Porte du Hainaut: 46 communes, 158,787 inhabitants
Economy : thirty business parks, railway, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, logistics industries, spas, tourism (hiking, Nature Park and Raismes Leisure park, water activities at the river port)
Culture : The Arenberg Mine, Saint-Amand Abbey Tower, the Italian-style theatre in Denain, Denain museums, Saint-Amand, Bouchain, Escaudain. Events: The Battles of Denain (son et lumière), Water Festival in Saint-Amand,
Raismes'Fest
Sport : 12 top level clubs (basketball, water-polo, swimming, volley-ball, tennis, handball, cycling). Events: Horse Show, Course des Terrils (regional trail
run), Peace Race, Denain Grand Prix, Trouée d'Arenberg (cobbled section in the Paris – Roubaix race), Motorcycle Festival, Tennis Open
Specialities : Saint-Amand mineral waters, beers, “Le terril de Germinal” chocolates, “Le pavé d'Enfer” gâteau Sustainable Development: Saint-Amand river port awarded the blue fl ag, Ecological requalifi cation of the Scarpe
Labels : Wallers – Arenberg Mine, Historical site designated a UNESCO world heritage site

Jean Stablinski, remarkable cobble scout

The Tour caravan was shocked by the news of Jean Stablinski's passing in the middle of the 2007 race. The son of Polish immigrants, himself a former miner, Stablinski left his mark on the Tour Hall of fame by winning five stages over a ten-year period between 1957 and 1967. World champion in 1962, winner of the Vuelta in 1958, “Stab” had special motivation when the national title was at stake. He wore the French champion tricolore jersey four times between 1960 and 1964. Unfortunately, he never held the Tour yellow jersey. His career over, he became a remarkable cobble scout, spotting several sectors which became part of Paris-Roubaix. The most famous of his finds was the Arenberg trench, at the beginning of which now stands a monument in his honour.

Stage town for the 2nd time
Population : 5,600 inhabitants in Wallers-Arenberg, commune in the Nord department (59) and seat of the urban community of Porte du Hainaut: 46 communes, 158,787 inhabitants
Economy : thirty business parks, railway, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, logistics industries, spas, tourism (hiking, Nature Park and Raismes Leisure park, water activities at the river port)
Culture : The Arenberg Mine, Saint-Amand Abbey Tower, the Italian-style theatre in Denain, Denain museums, Saint-Amand, Bouchain, Escaudain. Events: The Battles of Denain (son et lumière), Water Festival in Saint-Amand,
Raismes'Fest
Sport : 12 top level clubs (basketball, water-polo, swimming, volley-ball, tennis, handball, cycling). Events: Horse Show, Course des Terrils (regional trail
run), Peace Race, Denain Grand Prix, Trouée d'Arenberg (cobbled section in the Paris – Roubaix race), Motorcycle Festival, Tennis Open
Specialities : Saint-Amand mineral waters, beers, “Le terril de Germinal” chocolates, “Le pavé d'Enfer” gâteau Sustainable Development: Saint-Amand river port awarded the blue fl ag, Ecological requalifi cation of the Scarpe
Labels : Wallers – Arenberg Mine, Historical site designated a UNESCO world heritage site

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Places to see

Arnberg Trench

The Arenberg Trench, official known as "Dreve des Boules d'Herin", has ben made famous by the Paris-Roubaix classic. It was discovered and suggested as a possible cobbled section by local ex-pro Jean Stablinski, who became the first cyclist to ride it in 1968. About 2.4-km long and extremely grueling, it cuts through the forest of Raismes-St Amand-Wallers.

Arenberg mining site

Opened in 1899 by the Anzin mining company, the Arenberg pit symbolizes the epic of the coal-mining history. Closed definitely in 1989, it came back to life in 1989 during the shooting by Claude Berri of the movie Germinal. The mine became a source of economic growth, but also a culture and a tool for social and ethnic equality: French, Belgian, Polish, Spanish, Italian or North-African miners all worked hand in hand and side by side. Now a listed monument, the site recalls an unforgettable past.  Three trestles from different periods have been preserved and illustrate the evolution of mining. From them, one can watch the surrounding mining cities known as corons, the slag heaps, the imposing forest of Raismes- St Amand and the spectacular Goriaux pond.

The Goriaux pond

The Goriaux pond is a perfect example of a rehabilitated mining site with its vast pool, its slagheap and woods covering some 500 acres. A 6.5-kms path winds across the site, which is home to 200 different bird species. The National Forest Office watches over this biological reservation, which shelters a varied and original wildlife. In winter, thousands of ducks have made the area a halt in their migration.

Raismes - Saint-Amand - Wallers forest

Stretching over 4,699 ha, the forest is the largest in the Nord-Pas de Calais region after that of Mormal. It was maimed by the exploitation by monks and by the extraction of coal from the 19th century, which led to many woods being chopped down. WWI finally destroyed three quarters of it.

Denain Proscenium Theatre

The Denain Proscenium Theatre is a splendid building listed as a Historical Monument. Sculptures, pillars and columns ornate the main facade, a symmetrical composition. The entrance hall, the staircases and the main hall are richly decorated with sculptures and gilded panes. The glass roof is the work of Pierre Turpin.

Arenberg Trench © A.S.O.Arenberg mining site © Ville d'ArenbergThe Goriaux pond © Ville d'ArenbergRaismes forest - Saint-Amand - Wallers forest © Ville d'ArenbergSaint-Amand-Les-Eaux abbey-church © Ville d'ArenbergDenain Proscenium Theatre © Ville d'Arenberg
Stage town for the 2nd time
Population : 5,600 inhabitants in Wallers-Arenberg, commune in the Nord department (59) and seat of the urban community of Porte du Hainaut: 46 communes, 158,787 inhabitants
Economy : thirty business parks, railway, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, logistics industries, spas, tourism (hiking, Nature Park and Raismes Leisure park, water activities at the river port)
Culture : The Arenberg Mine, Saint-Amand Abbey Tower, the Italian-style theatre in Denain, Denain museums, Saint-Amand, Bouchain, Escaudain. Events: The Battles of Denain (son et lumière), Water Festival in Saint-Amand,
Raismes'Fest
Sport : 12 top level clubs (basketball, water-polo, swimming, volley-ball, tennis, handball, cycling). Events: Horse Show, Course des Terrils (regional trail
run), Peace Race, Denain Grand Prix, Trouée d'Arenberg (cobbled section in the Paris – Roubaix race), Motorcycle Festival, Tennis Open
Specialities : Saint-Amand mineral waters, beers, “Le terril de Germinal” chocolates, “Le pavé d'Enfer” gâteau Sustainable Development: Saint-Amand river port awarded the blue fl ag, Ecological requalifi cation of the Scarpe
Labels : Wallers – Arenberg Mine, Historical site designated a UNESCO world heritage site

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