The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|Discovering Nivelles en fr nl||18.5km||site_izi|
|Dragons in the city en fr nl zh||13.4km||site_izi|
|In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in the Borinage en fr nl zh||15.6km||site_izi|
|Classical Mons en fr nl zh||13.4km||site_izi|
|A 141-Foot Wave of Crashing Lumber Guards the Grand Place in Mons||2017||13.2km||site_ao|
|Musée Royal de Mariemont||6.9km||site_brutalism|
|Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)||2000||12.5km||site_whs|
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