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Mons will probably evoke WW1 for most British readers. It has however been witness to many more battles than that, and if it remembers the presence of British and German troops in 1914, it is also proud of vestiges dating back to the Romans.

Mons is also a town of tradition and it's celebrations of “Lumeçon” and “Le Car d'Or” highlight these traditions.

Van Gogh was here for some time before moving on to Provence and the house he lived in can be visited.

Mons also has some unique attractions in the nearby vicinity which are well worth visiting.

For information on the whole Province of Hainaut, click here.

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