Culture

The link between the marble industry and the heritage is clear in the region of “Botte du Hainaut” and above all in the village. When you arrive in Rance and cross the village, you can notice the particular shape of this one. Rance is called a village “street” (in French un village “rue”). It means that houses are not built around the church but in line above it! This specificity is due to the marble industry. The first quarry was opened near the church, in the lower village and the first factories started to work not far from the quarry but not near the quarry that needed space for extraction. Houses in the main street of the village are, almost all of them, old marble factories. This marble activity left traces in the village, in Belgium and abroad. Today few houses keep the souvenir of this industry of the past.

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