The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs,
La Louvière and le Roeulx (Hainault) (1998)

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The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. 

Belgium 2000. World Cultural Heritage. Hydraulic boat-lifts on Canal du Centre. Belgium.

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. 

  • Belgium 2000.  Hydraulic boat-lifts on Canal du Centre. 

The boat-lifts of the Canal du Centre bear exceptional testimony to the remarkable hydraulic engineering developments of 19th-century Europe, as well as these boat-lifts represent the apogee of the application of engineering technology to the construction of canals. 

Other World Heritage Sites in Belgium (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Belgium section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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