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Lille , France
Vauban-Esquermes quarter
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Bus: 12
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At the northwestern end of bd de la Liberté, this massive, star-shaped fortress was designed by renowned 17th-century French military architect Vauban after France captured Lille in 1667. Made of some 60 million bricks, it now serves as the headquarters of the 12-nation, NATO-certified Rapid Reaction Corps – France. Outside the 2.2km-long ramparts is central Lille's largest public park – children will love the playground, amusement park and small zoo (free).