Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte

THE ABANDONED MINE IN BELGIUM


This old coal mine named ‘Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte, was closed in 1977. The main building is a typical Malakoff tower, build in 1907.

This 19th century architecture style was named after a building in the Russian town Sebastopol. Many towers in the German Ruhrgebied have a similar ‘Malakoff’ look. It looks like an ancient castle with knights firing crossbows to the enemy. In fact it was a building full of dressing rooms and showers for the miners.

The Cheratte mine has four shafts. One in the main building and others in the surrounding area. The deepest shaft is 480 m. ‘Puits Hognée’ is the shaft on the hill behind the mine, it has been used to lift waste material to a spoil tip. 

It’s strange when you walk through the buildings, everything is just the same as almost 25 years ago when the place was closed down. A newspaper from 1976 tells us the first photos of Mars are taken with the Viking I rocket, clothes hanging in the lockers. Hasard Cheratte was abandoned in just one day. The miners turning up for work could turn back, the gate was closed. Sometimes it feels that a miner could walk in to get his coat and hat from his locker. But the coat and hat haven’t been touched for over 25 years. The site was partly demolished and partly reconverted in 2019. I visited ‘Charbonnage du Hasard’ in 2005 and 2007.

Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte
Charbonnage du Hasard Cheratte

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