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Touring cyclist in Quaregnon
As you explore the Borinage, Quaregnon will undoubtedly leave an indelible impression on you, so rich is the city’s history. Marked profoundly by its industrial history and mining operations, it still retains traces of its past activities. Its hiking trails over slag heaps, its town hall, its cultural events and its local produce are of course included in that. Quaregnon will amaze you with its diversity!
- Points of interest
1 Quaregnon Grand-Place
Inaugurated on 11 September 1938 in the presence of Mr Achille Delattre, Minister of Labour, the Town Hall opened its doors to the public on 16 April 1939. In December 1978, the works of Fernand Allard, an Africanist painter and illustrator, were set up there. His magnificent frescoes, which focus on workers’ struggles and their employment and leisures, are exhibited in the entrance of the Town Hall, as well as in the Allard l'Olivier room. A must-see! It was here that the Quaregnon Charter was signed in 1894, a declaration of principles adopted by the Belgian Workers Party, the forebear of the Belgian Socialist Party!
A vestige of the first Saint-Quentin church built out of stone. The tower was saved when the old religious complex was removed in the middle of the 18th century. The new building, incorporating the former tower, was destroyed again in 1922... While in 1929, a monument to the dead, the work of Georges Wasterlain, was attached to one of its faces. It too would be replaced. It should be noted that since 2008, the new town square has retained the marks of the past by restoring in its paving the layout of the 15th century church, from the same era as Saint-Quentin tower!
The Florent Mathieu roundabout!
1948... the Borains remember Florent Mathieu. The racing cyclist was supported by the whole of the Borinage: he was their pride. That year, the route passed through the main road of Quaregnon. A big crowd was out to encourage him. Other cyclists had even let him take the lead, receiving an ovation, applause and cheering, and finally taking the victory... Pride of the Borinage and the Borains, he participated in several tours de France races. For years afterwards, people still met with him in his café in Quaregnon to talk about his memories and remember his proud moments!
2 Cultural centre
3 Monument to the miners
4 Notre-Dame de Lourdes grotto
5 The Saint-Félix slag heap and its Q-Bike, rue L. Blanqui
6 Fief de Lambrechies
7 Cosmopolitan city
9 Maison du Peuple
- 123 meters of difference in height