Attractions

Gallery in Lille

Palais des Beaux Arts

Lille's illustrious Fine Arts Museum displays a truly first-rate collection of 15th- to 20th-century paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Manet. Exquisite porcelain and faience (pottery), much of it of…
Gallery in Lille

La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie

If Paris can turn an outmoded train station into a world-class museum (the Musée d'Orsay), why not transform an art-deco municipal swimming pool (built 1927–32) – an architectural masterpiece inspired by a combinati…
Gallery in Lille

Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut – LaM

Colourful, playful and just plain weird works of modern and contemporary art by masters such as Braque, Calder, Léger, Miró, Modigliani and Picasso are the big draw at this renowned museum and sculpture park in the …
Historic Building in Lille

Vieille Bourse

Ornamented with caryatids and cornucopia, this Flemish Renaissance extravaganza was built in 1653. It consists of 24 separate houses set around a richly ornamented interior courtyard that hosts a used-book market an…
Area in Lille

Wazemmes

For an authentic taste of grass-roots Lille, head to the ethnically mixed, family-friendly quartier populaire (working-class quarter) of Wazemmes, 1.7km southwest of place du Général de Gaulle, where old-school prol…
Gallery in Lille

Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse

Housed in a remarkably attractive 15th- and 17th-century poorhouse, this museum features ceramics, earthenware wall tiles, religious art, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and furniture, and a new exhibit on the hist…
Fortress in Lille

Citadelle

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 bri…
Museum in Lille

Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle

The upper-middle-class house in which Charles de Gaulle was born in 1890 is now a museum, run by the Nord département, presenting the French leader in the context of his times, with an emphasis on his connection to …
Cathedral in Lille

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille

Lille's star-crossed neoclassical cathedral, begun in the 1850s, took well over a century to complete. Some say that the strikingly modern west façade (1999) looks better from the inside than it does from out front.
Historic Building in Lille

Chambre de Commerce

Built in the early 1900s, the Chamber of Commerce building is topped by a 76m-high spire adorned with a gilded clock.