Hainaut, a Belgian province of which Mons is the capital, holds the national record for heritage sites recognised by UNESCO with 20 listed sites, buildings and events. Over such a small area, this is really exceptional... In the region of Mons there are some real treasures waiting to be discovered: the Canal du Centre boat lifts (1998), the Belfry of Mons (1999), the Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes (2000), the Doudou (Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005), the site of the Grand-Hornu (2012) and the Universal Bibliographic Repertory of Mundaneum, which was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2013.
Every year over Trinity weekend, the people of Mons come together to pay tribute to Saint Waudru and witness the legendary battle, known as Lumeçon, pitting Saint George against the Dragon. Somewhere between reality and the imaginary, the Doudou Museum takes visitors right to the heart of the Ducasse de Mons.