The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes
Please note that pregnant women and children under 12 years are not allowed to go down a mine. But don’t worry: a projection room will let them experience the descent since the pits are digitalised!
However, if you’re more at ease above ground than underground, there are various learning spaces so you can understand how the site is organised and browse the archaeologists’ finds. Relive the great discoveries of humanity through the timeline, enjoy the outdoors for some educational walks or visit the semi-permanent exhibition. In short, there’s something for everyone!
In order to help conserve the mine, only 5,500 people can go down it every year. So remember to reserve your place!
And don’t forget your pullover either! Below ground level, the temperature never gets above 12°C!
So, ready to experience the depths of one of the oldest and largest flint extraction centres in Europe? This takes place in Spiennes, just 6 km from Mons. There will be no shortage of escapism, emotions and discoveries in any case.
Its immense operations area (nearly 100 ha), its duration as well as its archaeological potential earned the Spiennes site recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 2000. This means the Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes compete with the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India or the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru among others. It’s worth the short descent!