Historic town center of Fumay
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Made famous thanks to its production of slate, Fumay was entirely dedicated to the extraction and export of slate from the 1970th century. This industry made the heyday of this small Meuse city, which exploited the shale deposits until the XNUMXs.
The town has kept its XNUMXth century appearance intact and the typical houses of Fumay recall this slate past at every street corner.
The town of Fumay, strong in its slate culture, contains typical houses. First made of slate and blue stone from Givet, we also discover the use of brick and stone from Dom (ocher limestone, extracted in the region of Charleville-Mézières). The specificity is also found in the rectangular shapes. L-shaped and T-shaped houses were built at the start of the XNUMXth century. Another typical element of the Fumacian house: the cellar which opens directly on the ground and the individual entrance door surmounted by a fanlight. THE "SCAILLETEUX" FRESCO: This is the name given to the men who extracted the blocks of slate from the bottom and cut them to make exploitable blocks. To perpetuate their memories, the town of Fumay commissioned the artist G. A Favaudon to create a fresco of slate and concrete, located on avenue Jean Jaurès.
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