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About Hidden Monuments is an online magazine highlighting industrial relics, military heritage, and abandoned or useless works, both in Belgium and beyond.

Venturing out on your own? As a Premium user, you'll discover walking and cycling routes nearby and gain full access to all practical information, including map details, addresses and GPS coordinates to explore on your own. Every month, new articles shed light on remnants of the industrial era.

Editorial Team

The dutch version of, named, started in 2003 as an independent website with 500 heritage stories. Its content is carefully curated from various sources and updated and improved as needed.

  • Bart Vanacker: Curator, Editor, and Photography
  • Reinout Bossuyt: Editor-in-Chief, Infographics, Maps, and Graphic Design

Books and lectures

Following this website, three books were published: "Disappearing Belgium" (2018), "Atlas of Forgotten Belgium" (2020), and "John Cockerill: Emperor of the Industrial Revolution" (2022).

Hidden Monuments also offers guided tours (in Charleroi, Ghent,...) and lectures on industrial heritage in general and John Cockerill specifically.


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Reproduction of Photos and Stories

All photos and stories are copyrighted. Linking to articles on the site is allowed and encouraged. If you wish to reproduce photos or texts, please contact Any infringements will be addressed in collaboration with the Visual Rights Group.

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