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  • 1 Old Lille Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Lion-d'Or F - 59800 Lille

    Renovated with love, the old town has rediscovered its 17 and 18C facades not long ago covered in disgraceful render. This has led to evidence of the «Lille style» with facades where bricks and sculpted stones are mixed. You'll discover many examples..

  • 2 Palais des Beaux-Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. de la République F - 59000 Lille

    Built between 1887 and 1892, this summer palace was extended in the 1990s by the architects Jean-Marc Ibos et Myrto Vitart to include a narrow 70m x 6.50m building, the glass façade of which reflects the image of the back of the main building. The ga..

  • 3 Old Stock Exchange Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 59800 Lille

    This was built in 1652-1653 by Julien Destrée at the request of the Lille businessmen who wanted a Stock Exchange to rival that of Holland. It's made out of 24 dormer windowed houses set out around a rectangular courtyard which acted as a centre for ..

  • 4 General de Gaulle Square (Grand place) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Général-de-Gaulle F - 59800 Lille

    Dominated by the old Stock Exchange, the Grand'Garde - the building with the ornamented pediment containing the daily newspaper quotidian La Voix du Nord - this is the lively centre of the town. In the centre Goddess's column symbolises the heroic re..

  • 5 Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle Interesting

    Museums and art

    9 r. Princesse F - 59000 Lille

    Charles de Gaulle was born here on the 22nd of November 1890 in this house where his maternal grandfather had a lace workshop. The studio and the house have been transformed into a museum between them possessing a vast amount of documents and memento..

  • 6 Hospice Comtesse Interesting

    Museums and art

    32 r. de la Monnaie F - 59000 Lille

    These magnificent buildings dating from the 15C to the 18C began life as a hospital, and went on to be used as a hospice and then an orphanage. Once through the monumental sandstone doorway, you come to the Salle des Malades (1470) with its superb hu..

  • 7 Demeure de Gilles-de-la-Boé Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    29 pl. Louise-de-Bettignies F - 59000 Lille

    This wholesale greengrocer's house, built in 1636 is a superb example of Flemish Baroque style. Its lavish decoration contains corner irons and jutting pediments. The house used to contain a gateway onto the River Basse-Deûle which was knocked down i..

  • 8 Rue de la Monnaie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Monnaie F - 59800 Lille

    Antique dealers and decorators have put a lot into this street which used to play host to a Mint. The left hand side is made up of 18C houses with decorated façades (mortar and alembic and in an old apothecary featuring dolphins, wheat sheaf, palm tr..

  • 9 Cathédrale N.-D.-de-la-Treille Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Gilleson F - 59000 Lille

    Huge yet unfinished, this is a Neo-Gothic style Cathedral. Its façade is endowed with a rose window illustrating the Resurrection and a bronze portal by Georges Jean Clos.

  • 10 Hospice Ganthois Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    224 r. de Paris F - 59000 Lille

    This hospice was founded in 1462 by Jean de la Cambe, otherwise known as Ganthois... This hospice is still operational today with a gable in the 15C Patient's hall that looks on to the rue de Paris and which is surrounded by 17C buildings.

  • 11 Porte de Paris Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Paris F - 59800 Lille

    This portal by Simon Vollant, put up between 1685 and 1692, served as the town gateway (it was part of the ramparts) and arc de triomphe. The arc de triomphe was built in honour of Louis XIV , secured by his Victory at the summit.

  • 12 Église St-Maurice Interesting

    Religious buildings

    19bis Parvis St-Maurice F - 59000 Lille

    This is a beautiful example of a church-hall, on which building started in the 15C. It has five naves, five roofs and five gables. Inside you will see a Christ of pity «Jesus scourged», often covered up with a velvet robe. In the area surrounding the..

  • 13 Citadelle de Lille Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. du-43ème-R.-I. F - 59000 Lille

    Having taken Lille, Louis XIV, quickly built a citadel. Vauban handled the plans. 2000 men were given shovels and pickaxes. The site comprises five semi-circular strongholds which are still occupied by the army. The royal gateway leads to the Weapon ..

  • 14 Rang du Beauregard Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P. du Théâtre F - 59000 Lille

    Opposite the New Exchange building, this is a superb line-up of houses, their pilasters surmounted by elegant cartouches typifying the «rows» of Lille urbanism.

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