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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Old Lille Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    This is the most picturesque part of Lille. Thanks to restoration works, the old town has rediscovered its huge, grand 17C and 18C bourgeois houses with their façades decorated with intricate gables. The finest example of this is the Place Louise de ..

  • 3 Old Stock Exchange, Lille 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 Maison Folie Wazemmes - cultural centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    70 r. des Sarrazins F - 59000 Lille

    The Maison Folie Wazemmes is a former textile mill (1855), reworked by Dutch architectural agency NOX and Lars Spuybroek. Contemporary and 19C industrial architecture are blended to great effect. The building's 5 000m2 space is now given over to arti..

  • 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 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..

  • 7 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    pl. Gilleson F - 59000 Lille

    Started in the mid-19C, the construction of Lille's neo-Gothic cathedral was only completed at the very end of the 20C, with its façade featuring a rose window designed by the artist Ladislas Kijno. The bronze portal, the last work by Georges Jeanclo..

  • 9 Hospice Gantois Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    224 r. de Paris F - 59000 Lille

    Founded in 1462 by Jean de la Cambe, known as Jean le Gantois, this hospice welcomed poverty-stricken elderly citizens and the sick up until 1995 and now houses an upmarket hotel. Outside, the gable of the Salle des Malades (15C) is surrounded by 17C..

  • 10 Porte de Paris, Lille 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.

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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. 2 000 men were given shovels and pickaxes. It is made up of five semi-circular strongholds. The R oyal G ate leads to the "weapons' square", which is surround..

  • 13 Lille Grand'Place (Place du Général de Gaulle) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Général-de-Gaulle F - 59800 Lille

    The market square in the Middle Ages, the Grand'Place has always been a hub of activity in Lille. At the entrance, on the right, the Théâtre du Nord is housed in the Grand'Garde (1717) and in the next building, the daily newspaper La Voix du Nord. In..

  • 14 Hospice Comtesse Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    32 r. de la Monnaie F - 59000 Lille

    Once through the monumental doorway of these magnificent buildings dating from the 15C to 18C, first a hospital, then a poorhouse and an orphanage, you go through the Salle des Malades (1470), with its superb hull-shaped vault, then the chapel. The h..

  • 15 Rang du Beauregard Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P. du Théâtre F - 59000 Lille

    Opposite the chamber of commerce and industry is this superb row (1687) of houses, with pilasters surmounted by elegant cartouches, such "rangs" being a typical feature of Lille urbanism.

  • 16 Rihour Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Rihour F - 59000 Lille

    This Gothic-style building (1454-1473) housed the town hall from 1664 until it was destroyed by fire in 1916. Today it contains the Tourist Office. A rib-vaulted guardhouse, a chapel on the first floor, also called the Salle du Conclave or Conclave H..

  • 17 Place du Théâtre, Lille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Théâtre F - 59000 Lille

    The square appears off the Grand'Place and is named after a theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1903. In 1907, a Louis XVI-style opera house (entirely restored in 2003) was built in its place, followed by the imposing chamber of commerce and indust..

  • 18 Euralille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    100 C.C. Euralille F - 59800 Lille

    This is an international business centre with offices, shops, services and housing, a conference centre (Lille Grand Palais) and an 8ha urban park (Parc Henri Matisse) around Lille Europe - the TGV station bestrode by two towers, the Tour Lilleurope ..

  • 19 Grand'Garde

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Général-de-Gaulle F - 59800 Lille

    Standing tall near the theatre this building surmounted by pediments (1717) used to be home to the king's guard.

  • 20 Rue de la Bourse, Lille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Bourse F - 59800 Lille

    The façades along this street, with chubby-cheeked angels and masks decorating the first storey, make up a fine 18C architectural ensemble. At no 8 is a tribute to Louis Blériot, who was from Cambrai and, in 1909, the first man to fly across the Engl..

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