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Blast Furnace U4

Industrial symbol devoted to culture

A rare monument of the 20th century steel industry in France. More than 20 years after its closure, the U4 blast furnace, a listed monument, dominates the Val de Fensch and the Pays Thionvillois.

AT THE HEART OF THE BLAST FURNACE

A QUIRKY VISIT

A powerful symbol of the industrial heritage of the Fensch Valley, the U4 blast furnace is the last of six blast furnaces at the Uckange plant. A witness to the incredible economic boom of the entire region in the 1960s-1980s, this “iron monster” was extinguished in 1991 before coming back to life and opening to the public in 2007 after two years of work.

Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments by the Ministry of Culture, the Parc du Haut-Fourneau U4 covers an area of 12 hectares of industrial wasteland with the 82 m high smokestack and the 71 m “cradle” of the blast furnace representing the highest points.

THE SPIRIT OF THE SITE

THE MÉCILOR ASSOCIATION

The volunteers of Mécilor, most of them professional steel workers, participate in the construction of a new history at this site by offering visitors to the Parc du Haut-Fourneau U4 guided tours which combine a presentation of the site’s history and their own personal experiences at the plant.

Mécilor also archives, collects and recounts the history of the former plant bringing together technical, social and historic accounts.

TOUS LES SOLEILS

A CONTEMPORARY WORK OF ART

Much more than a monument, it is a symbol of French industrial heritage which has now become a cultural venue. When night falls, its lighting, a contemporary work of art by Claude Lévèque, will create the illusion of a working plant.

Good to know: nocturnal guided tours of the artwork ‘Tous les soleils’ from Saturday 15 June to 31 August at 9 pm.