The Citadel of Lille is one of the most important works of Vauban, out dozens of citadels this is famous French engineering had built, the twelve most authentic and best preserved in the world heritage list of UNESCO fortified cities on a plain defenses in the mountains, fortresses along the coast
It is a real city in the town surrounded by a moat and five bastions that form a star the buildings are of brick, stone and sandstone there are wells and old shops
You can reach the citadel through the royal gate that opens onto a large pentagonal weapon square, surrounded by military buildings
The building was part of the double row of fortified cities that the kingdom of France had protected
The fortification, built between 1667 and 1672 to the designs of Vauban, is a fine example of 17th century military architecture it was la belle inutile (clean useless) called once it was finished, the city never besieged
A visit to this particular Citadel is possible under the supervision of a guide the tours are held on Sundays at 15:00. From May to August
Besides all the sights in the city you can also admired the architectural building which the styles are so amazing
This building has an extraordinary style and form is a newly build hotel in the center of Lille
It's a 15 minute walk from Lille train station, below is a restaurant belong to the hotel
This Why Hotel is chic and stylish the location is very centered, Lille is small getting around on foot is the best way to see the town nearby pedestrian shopping areas and restaurants and just a short walk from main sites
The facade is something unusual about a standard hotel, the windows are those rounding hole and it gives the building a fascinating look
Lille Flandres and Lille Europe stations are short walking distance to each other in between while passing through the bridge or if you are in the bridge look around you'll have the magnificent view of the area, Euralille in between which brings the view in between
This modern neighborhood is shaped by the Dutchman Remco Koolhaas in Euralille can be found next to a large shopping mall, a subway station a train station and some beautifully designed office buildings, the beautiful design of the building you've never really through, you walk into an immense center, Euralille is about a ten minute walk from the Grand Place you reach here by metro
Between all those buildings some of them are hotels near the station, it's a convenient place to stay if you have an early train departure which is a walking distance to the station
You defintely should take a stroll through the old part of Lille with it's charming houses and narrow streets. You will discover little shops, fine restaurants and interesting bars.
If you are too tired to walk or in case it rains (which it often does) you can catch the Vieux Lille shuttle bus departing from Place Rihour in front of the tourist office.
The tourist office oranizes guided tours of Vieux Lille. They take place every Saturday at 10.15am.
The Vieille Bourse was our favourite building in Lille. It translates as “Old Exchange” and its name comes from its role as a merchant’s exchange in the 17th century. It’s made up of 24 richly decorated houses facing a central courtyard. Nowadays, it’s home to stalls of second hand book sellers and despite its popularity it remains a quieter and more tranquil place than the nearby Grand Place.
Lille is a provincial city on the border line between France and Belgium. The place is nice in architecture and has a Belgian atmosphere. It is a students-related city, so lots of entertainment. One warning, drinks are expensive on Central Square.
Lille seems to be a city of statues and monuments.
Every corner you turn seems to bring you to another statue!
As all the plaques were in french, we often did not know what the statue represented, but I took photos of them all anyway.
This one we could understand - it was a monument to Charles de Gaulle, who was born in Lille.
Lille used to belong to what is now known as Flanders (Belgium) a long time ago. And indeed, not only the streetnames ( rue d'Ostende), but also the beautifully decorated facades look like the facades of Bruges or Ghent. You can find most of them around the area of the Grand' Place, but also in the district of Vieux Lille.
Look around in the streets and you will see some amazing architecture. I found this beautiful building during the tour of the city. Watch out for little backstreet houses, windowsills bursting with pretty coloured flowers!!
This building has just been renovated and is an incredible jewel in comparison to the neighborhood where it is situated. The outside is very nice, but also the inside : the ceiling, the balcony and the scene are impressive...I guess you can go there to see a theater play...but if you like to tango, it is also possible :--))))