Rue du Quinconce 21
7110 Bois-du-Luc / Houdeng-Aimeries (La Louvière)
01 April - 31 October
Sun 14.00 - 17.00
or by arrangement :
+32 478 69 57 06 and +32 476 31 73 37
2nd and 4th Sunday : 10 am
Feast of St-Barba : nearliest Sunday from 4 december : 10 am
The church is interesting, not for itself, but as a piece in a remarkable ensemble; the mining area of Bois-du-Luc which, along with the Grand-Hornu, Bois du Cazier and Blegny-Mine, is an important example of collieries of the industrial period. The site comprises the mining installations, miners’ homes in the mining villages, the managers’ houses, the administration buildings, a hospital, a community hall and a church.
This church is, appropriately, dedicated to Saint Barbe, the patron of miners. Its architect is Constant Sonneville and it is in Neo-Gothic style like many churches of this period. It is in red brick and inside, apart from the usual devotional objects, are cast iron columns, significant in an industrial environment. A nearby ecological museum is worth a visit.
The area is also listed as an important Walloon heritage site.