Lille is the capital city of the new administrative region North-Pas-de-Calais-Picardy, and is the hart of a metropolis of more than 1 million inhabitants (4th urban agglomeration in France).
Find below, the remarquable sites to discover in the city, and in the surroundings:
|In the hart of Lille, find the Grand Place, also known as Place du General de Gaulle (Charles de Gaulle is born at Lille in 1890). |
The Grand Place is the Lille main meeting point. It is dominated by four women : the Goddess in its centre which commemorates the resistance against the Austrian siege in 1792, and the three women who decorate the hostel of the Voix du Nord. These 3 graces represent the 3 provinces of the region: the Artois, the Flander, and the Hainaut.
The Beaux-Arts Palace
This museum, ranges among the richest French museums. In a superb building of the 19th century, it presents prestigious collections of European paintings (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix...), as well as French paintings (David, Courbet, Puvis de Chavan...)
Located in Villeneuve d'Ascq in the heart of a leafy sculpture park, the LaM holds over 4.500 exceptional works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, in addition to many temporary exhibitions. From room to room, the museum offers its visitors an unprecedented itinerary from modern art through to contemporary art, via the biggest collection of art brut in France.
The old Stock Exchange
The old Stock Exchange (Vieille Bourse), constructed from 1652 to 1653 by Julien Destree, is, without contest, the nicest monument of the City. It hostes, in its yard, booksellers, and in the summer time, demonstrations of tango.
Browse more info on the Lille Office Tourism website