FOUR LIFTS ON THE CANAL DU CENTRE - BELGIUM
The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre (Belgium) are industrial monuments of the highest quality. The lifts were necessary because of the differences in height of the Canal. There is a rise of some 90 metres from Mons to the summit level of 121 metres above sea level. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre.