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“Mining Gem”
Review of C-Mine

C-Mine
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Genk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
S E England
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“Mining Gem”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Wonderful from an engineering viewpoint.Very educational as an insight into an old industrial process .The compressor room is most inspiring. The underground tunnels and equipment give youngsters and old alike an experience to remember

Visited May 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Special experience”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Here you can see how the workers in the coalmine lived and worked to 1.000 m under the ground. They also show the conditions how the multi cultural community became one family.

Visited October 2013
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“New use for Old Building”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Coal drove the industrial wheels in the 19th century Europe. Today many old coal mines, now no longer inNEW USE FOR OLD BUILDINGS
Coal drove the industrial wheels in the 19th century Europe. Today many old coal mines, now no longer in use, have been converted for real estate. Belgium however has put such mines to far better use. They have become places of learning. The vast mining facility Winterslag at Genk has been converted into an industrial museum. One has to get up a huge flight of stairs to reach the base area from where the lift towers rise. The old machinery, painted in shining black look like new and are mostly housed in massive halls with stunning interiors. The designed floorings and wrought iron ornamental stairs to reach the machine tops are exquisitely beautiful.
. Various posters in English and Belgian explain the use of these machines and enlarged photos of workers of yester years add to recreate their lives in and out of the mines. This helps to revalidate heritage and exposes youngsters of today to a past now gone.
The enormous space in each of the several halls housing the machines is used for reflective cultural centre and design centre. The day we visited, the students of the industrial engineering from the local university were holding a workshop there. Their output was on display and visitors were encouraged to view the exhibits.
Other halls housed a theatre and a cinema hall. There were a few cafes in and out of the building for the visitors.
While ceramic artist Peter Stockmans was holding an exhibition of his creations in one hall, a weeklong camp for young painters was in progress in the beautiful grounds against the background of the hillock of coal slag.
A visit to this place is a charming experience and is highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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