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Cheratte Hasard, where time stood still....

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Cheratte Hasard is an old and abondoned coalmine located in the town of Cheratte, near Liege. This part of Belgium has always been very industrial.

Built in 1860-1880 it was suddenly closed in 1977. One day the miners left for their home after a days work to find out the next day the mine was closed. Why so suddenly? To prevent a strike and the occupation of the mine.

During it final years 600 miners were employed here, but when the mine worked at full capacity 1500 persons found a job here. It paid well to work here but this was one the most dangerous mines due to old equipment and bad infrastructure.

Closed and derelicted it still harbours remains of these glorious days. From boots to gasmasks, helmets and accountancy books. The eldest books I found dated from 1933. Strange to take a peek in them and see how much the miners earned then.

Cheratte Hasard, where time stood still....

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7 responses

  • Brian Betteridge

    Brian Betteridge gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    great series!!!!

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Love this, Alain. Wish I walk through there myself.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Another fantastic story with awesome images to back it up!!

  • Kelly Roper

    Kelly Roper gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Fantastic series....I love seeing how items have been frozen in time.

  • Michael Edelstein

    Michael Edelstein gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    great series? could you go down the mine?

  • Sabina Zych

    Sabina Zych (Deleted) gave props (25 Mar 2010):


  • Alain Mijngheer

    Alain Mijngheer said (25 Mar 2010):

    Thanks all :)

    @ Michael : the mainshaft, the one with the elevator, was closed as a bunker. Another shaft, more for material transportation was not that well closed. So yes, we entered the mine and went down for a bit following the wagontracks. We stopped doing that after a while for being a too dangerous activity.

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