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World heritage

Beguinages, carnivals, belfries, coalmines… Belgium is well represented on the Unesco World Heritage List.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world that is of outstanding value to humanity.

Europe is particularly well represented on the list of heritage sites, as is Belgium.

The Flemish beguinages
The Grand-Place in Brussels
The four boat lifts of the Canal du Centre and their site, La Louvière and Le Roeulx in the Hainaut
33 belfries of Flanders and Wallonia
The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai
The major houses of the architect Victor Horta in Brussels
The historic centre of Bruges
The Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes in Mons 
The Plantin-Moretus house-workshops-museum complex located in Antwerp
The museum is devoted to developments in printing from the 15th to the 18th century
Stoclet House in Brussels  
It marked a radical change in Art nouveau, ushering in Art Deco and the modernist movement in the world of architecture
Four Walloon mining sites. They are located in Grand-Hornu (Mons), Bois-du-Luc (La Louvière), Bois du Cazier (Charleroi) and Blegny-Mine (Liège).
The sites are symbols of the industrial revolution and are the best preserved sites of the coal mining industry in Belgium, from the early 19th century to the second half of the 20th century
The carnivals of Aalst and Binche
Shrimp fishing on horseback in Oostduinkerke
The Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse
The processional giants and dragons
Traditional games in Flanders