Akademie Mont-Cenis Herne
The operating company academy Mont-Cenis was founded October 1999 by the state of North Rhine Westphalia and the City of Herne.
Academy Mont-Cenis – Working and Celebrating in mediterranean Climate
The academy offers room for your ideas. Mediterranean atmosphere combined with extraordinary architecture makes it the ideal location for your event.
The facilities for the community centre are within the glass capsule towards the district itself and linked to the shopping centre. The attractive interior/exterior space in the microclimate capsule is open to the public during the day.
For over a century, Sodingen meant the Mont Cenis mine. With the mine's first industrial heyday, between 1890 and 1900, the amount of coal mined from Mont Cenis quadrupled, as did the population: from 990 to 4027. For decades, trends above and below ground were closely linked. The closure of the mine in 1978 meant that Sodingen lost its industrial, functional and urban centre. Just ten years after the competition for ideas, the site of the former Mont Cenis mine is once again filled with life.
For over one hundred years, the Mont Cenis mine shaped the destiny of the Sodingen district in Herne and the fate of its population. Here are just some of the highlights of an eventful history. It is claimed that Franz August Vivier from Lyon got to know the Ruhr mining region as a prisoner-of-war in 1870. Whatever the facts are, one year later, with Josef Monin, a mining engineer from Marseilles, he bought five pits in Sodingen at a price of 450,000 Mark and founded the "Mont Cenis in Westphalia Mining Company". The first twenty years were difficult for Mont Cenis. The miners encountered gas coal, which was very difficult to extract. Skilled personnel left to work in other mines with better conditions. And there were not enough houses for the workers.
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