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Place Rihour is a lively public square in the city center of Lille, just 200 meters from the Grand’Place and the opera house. It has a Metro station and a large war memorial, and it the site of an historic palace called Palais Rihour, which is now the home of the Lille Office of Tourism.
Palais Rihour was built in the 15th century, starting in the year 1453, but has been modified considerably in the intervening centuries.
Location and photo of Palais Rihour on monumentum.fr.
On one side of Place Rihour there are some fine examples of Flemish Renaissance architecture, as shown on my photo and on monumentum.fr.
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CHRISTMAS MARKET 0 - other shops 10
We chose Lille because for our week-end because it had a large Christmas market, but we were sorely disappointed. The market was very over crowded ( well what did we expect) you got carried along with the crowd so it was difficult to stop and look at any thing. I would have feared for any small child if I had one with me.
The stalls are all in those contrived ski chalet style huts and there was nothing I had'nt seen at other smaller less crowded markets. All in all we could not wait to leave the market.
However the shopping in the rest of Lille was fantastic. Such a great selection spead over lots of streets easy to walk about, window shop and browse before deciding what to buy. There are all the european usual suspects including Zara ( 2 shops ) H &M , Kooki, Mango, Etam + C&A . French Stores Pritemps etc plus loads of smaller local boutiques & traders not forgetting Hermes & Luis Vuiton. It was very busy because of the tourist in town for the market, but still impressive and enjoyable.
I plan to return in a couple of weeks after Christmas and bring some friends for a great shopping week-end.
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Place & Palais Rihour
This Palace bears witness to the splendours of the Burgundy period, was bought by the town from the king of Spain in 1664. The successive wars and occupations resulted in considerable damage to the building and the fire in 1916 completed its destruction. The tourist board head office is also housed in a part of the original building.
Place du General de Gaulle joins onto Place Rihour.
Place Rihour is home to a huge war memorial, and a plastic pyramid fountain - quite a contrast!!
The tourist office can be found here too.
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