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to the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe. 

Currently we present more than 1,000 sites in 44 European countries. Among these sites there are 80 Anchor Points which build the virtual ERIH main route. On eighteen Regional Routes you can discover the industrial history of these landscapes in detail. All sites relate to thirteen European Theme Routes which show the diversity of European industrial history and their common roots.

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Charcoal halle of Grossouvre | Grossouvre

The ironworks in the Pays Loire Val d'Abois were once known all over the world. The area...

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Anchor Points

Anchor points illustrate the complete range of European industrial history.
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Regional Routes

The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history.
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European Theme Routes

Theme Routes take up specific questions relating to European industrial history.
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Biographies

History is always made by people. We present a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.
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Do you know...

that an abbot in Belgium built a blast furnace?

In 1771 Dom Nicolas Spirlet, the last abbot of the St Hubert Benedictine monastery, had the St Michael blast furnace built in the wooded area of Fourneau Saint-Michel. It was in operation until 1942. 10 years later the historic industrial site was given the status of a monument. The blast furnace is one of the best maintained furnaces of its type in Europe, and still contains a shaft, a foundry and charcoal sheds. Since 1977 the "Musée du fer" (Museum of Iron) has one of the units in the adjacent "Musee de la vie rural en Wallonie", an open-air museum containing fifty typical regional buildings.

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This website was last modified on 28th July 2015.