mining buildings are still very obvious around the city. Carolingian times, the land of Beringen had been donated to the abbey. Beringen became one of the bishopric's 23 bonnes villes (principal cities) and shared its history until its dissolution in 1795. 1961) Mauro Pawlowski, musician (b. The golden age of coal production started right after World War II and lasted until the late 1950s, when cheaper energy sources were made available elsewhere. The county of Loon as a whole was annexed to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1366. Yearly Kermesses take place both in Beringen Paal and in Koersel.