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Replica headframe Eisden

The Eisden coal mine extracted coal from the Limburg subsurface from 1923 onwards.

After just over half a century of exploitation, the mine closed in December 1987. The main building and the two concrete headframes, unique in the Limburg basin, remained standing.

Both headframes were 45 meters high and surrounded by a concrete skeleton unloading floor. The coal was transported via a passerel to the adjacent screening plant and coal washing plant while. None of those installations remain standing.

The headframes were built by the Monnoyer brothers in reinforced concrete. They were slimmer and cheaper than their metal counterparts but less capable of adapting to shifts in the ground.

According to the Immovable Heritage Inventory, Headframe I was put into use in 1921 and was named after the Belgian Queen Elizabeth, who visited the mine in 1922. The headframe stood dilapidated for years but was renovated in 2018.


Headframe II was built in 1926 but was demolished after the closure of the mine. The costs of restoring the 45-meter-high tower threatened to skyrocket. A replica with concrete elements replaces the original.

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