At the crossroads of Europe, the Mons region has always enjoyed a strategic location. 6,000 years ago, prehistoric man mined the land for flint here! Then came the age of coal... Every era has its story. At the Grand-Hornu, at the PASS in Frameries, at the Mundaneum and at Spiennes in the Silex's museum, the history, industrial past and scientific adventures of Mons amaze many a visitor.