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Located in the middle of north eastern Europe, at the crossroads between three European capitals (Paris, Brussels and London), the agglomeration of Lens-Liévin is perfectly located to make the most out of an exceptional network of communications infrastructures: A26 and A21 motorways, waterways, TGV (high speed train) station, dense railway network.

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This is the youngest agglomeration in France with regards the population. You will receive a warm welcome from these confident and enterprising people. You will be surprised by the variety of different landscapes you can enjoy in the area. Steeped in history, the Lens area was cut in 2 by the western front from 1914 to 1918. Cemeteries and memorials are the visible signs that remain today of the suffering and intense human sacrifice that took place. At the end of the Great War, our towns became vast building sites. 

The Reconstruction was a huge task. The architects at the time had the choice between several styles. That's the reason you find a blend of beautiful Art Deco facades and buildings with a neo-Flemish influence.

The social fabric of the region was also greatly enriched during the mining era. Those who came to work in the mines came from no fewer than 29 different countries. To the point where some areas in the region are known as "Little Poland". This is also the case in Lens and its surrounding area. Slag heaps, headframes and mining towns bear witness to this mining countryside that arose around the pits. Currently within the framework of the Green Corridor, the former wastelands are growing green again providing areas for recreation and leisure.

A far cry from the somber image that is still associated with the region, this verdant and hilly land where the environment is properly conserved is what you will discover to the west of Lens and Liévin. There are numerous marked out and maintained footpaths along which you can explore the region of the Artois hills.

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