La Cité Soult Ancienne

Historic site and monument ,  World Heritage (UNESCO) ,  Contemporary ,  House ,  Industrial site at Fresnes-sur-Escaut

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  • Exceptional city built by the mining company Thivencelles in 1873, it is among the first suburbs of the mining Basin and thus testifies to the transition between the coron model and the suburban city. Composed of ten pavilions, each grouping four dwellings, its architecture uses a neoclassical language, whose only motive is that of building materials: brick and slate. The doors and windows are lined with arched lintels and brick bands highlight the cornices and levels of the floors. Each facade is pierced by an eye of bull.