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Located near the French border, at the junction of the Canal du Centre and the Condé-Mons Canal, it is the processing and shipping center of the Borinage district, and the closing of most of the coal mines has caused economic hardship
Mons was established at the top of a hill, around a 7th century monastery founded by St. Waudru. Mons has expanded over the centuries, outgrowing its fortified walls more than once, and engulfing surrounding communities. The central core of the town is not large, and runs in a number of rings. There is a concerted effort to keep vehicles out of the narrow streets, and parking regulations are strictly enforced.
The Cathedral dedicated to St. Waudrau is now Mons' chief tourist attraction. Mons is located 50 kilometers southwest of Brussels. It has a population of 91,000. The Canal du Centre, the E42, and the E19 all pass through it. Unlike some of the other towns in Belgium where the Flemish and French names for the towns are the same, the Flemish name for Mons is Bergen (though both mean "mountains").