Circuit Moneuse : l'attaque de la cense Populaire - Frameries
Today, nature has taken its revenge and this is expressed in the most beautiful way possible. No more miners (gueules noires). On the slag heap, the mines rejoice. From the car park a path takes the walkers to the heights of the mound. Along the way you will discover very ancient rocks and observe the lightning fast evolution of nature. Although the forest dominates, from time to time we see other beautiful areas opened up by grass fallow and a few ponds! On the Crachet, there are no less than 8 species of amphibians. As for the flora, open your eyes wide to identify the oval twayblade, the tuberous pea or nodding thistle, a thorny beauty with pink-purple flowers!
At the top the view is stunning to anyone who has ever set foot on a slag heap. The soil goes from black to red and smokes in some places. No, you are not dreaming. The slag heap is still combusting more than 50 years after the closure of the operation.
From up there, the view of the Park can leave you breathless. You will feel very small. Small in front of nature. Small in front of the architectural unit designed by Jean Nouvel. But above all small in front of the history you face. Try to travel a century back in time and to imagine the hustle and bustle, the thudding noise and greyish smoke rising up here. Try to imagine the life of the miners even for a moment. Then the breath of oxygen that you take before going down will never have appeared that precious to you before.