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Grand Place de Lille, France. Photo F Lamiot
Grand Place de Lille, France. Photo F Lamiot
House of the Gilles de Boe. Photo by Velvet
House of the Gilles de Boe. Photo by Velvet
Cave of Cheese Market Shop in Lille France
Cave of Cheese Market Shop in Lille France
The Old Stock Exchange. Jean-Pol Grandmont
The Old Stock Exchange. Jean-Pol Grandmont
Notre-Dame de la Trille Cathedral. Velvet
Notre-Dame de la Trille Cathedral. Velvet
Place Simon Vollant in Lille, Photo Velvet
Place Simon Vollant in Lille, Photo Velvet
The Pastry Meert in Lille. Photo by Velvet
The Pastry Meert in Lille. Photo by Velvet
The Place of Theatre in Lille. Photo Velvet
The Place of Theatre in Lille. Photo Velvet

Lille Information

Lille is a large city in France with a population of about 300,000 people located on the Deûle River. The city is well know for its architecture in particular the Flemish influence where many structures are built using red and brown brick.

The city of Lille is named after Lydéric the son of prince Dijon. At the time of birth Lydéricís father was assassinated by the local lord Phinaert and Lydéric was brought up in the forest. Once Lydéric grew up and learnt of his fatherís death he avenges and kills Phinaert where all lands owned by him are given to Lydéric and in the year 640 Lydéric founds the city of Lille.

One of the greatest attactions to Lille is the cityís main square Place du Général de Gualle (Grand Place) which has many historic houses to see. The nearby Musée des Beaux-Arts is another hot spot featuring European artworks from the 15th to the 20th century.

More great architecture can be found at The Citadel of Lille. The Citadel is a pentagon shaped fortification wall and structure built in 1668. The Citadel is the home and headquarters to the Rapid Reaction Corps of France.

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Jardin des Plantes de Lille eleven hectare botanical gardens. Established in 1948 it is one of three botanical gardens in Lille and is open daily and totally free. There are over 12,000 plants and species to see with a large pond and even an astronomical observatory.

One of the best events every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday is the Marche de Wazemmes open-air market. The market vendors sell everything from fresh produce to gifts and wares locally made and sourced from overseas.

Another great event held annually in September is the La Braderie street fair which attracts nearly a million people every year.

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Euralille Shopping Centre in Lille. Photo by Velvet
Euralille Shopping Centre in Lille. Photo by Velvet
Aerial View of Lille in France. Photo by Jannick Jeremy
Aerial View of Lille in France. Photo by Jannick Jeremy