"Lille" Lille by grayfo

Lille Travel Guide: 388 reviews and 940 photos

Lille the capital of French Flanders is the fourth largest city in France and was one of medieval Europe's great cities. It is known as the city of the arts and there are many different museums to see. The architecture is diverse and the city has retained many of its old buildings. This 11th-century Flemish town was bounced between France, Austria, Spain and finally back to France in 1667 when the Sun King, Louis XIV, triumphantly captured the city.

Lille is the perfect destination for a short break, the fun is mingling with the locals, shopping in the cobbled and gabled old town, and browsing the restaurant menus along rue de Gand. The best way to explore Lille is on foot, so wear comfortable shoes. Any cultural exhibitions out of the centre can be reached by tube.

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Tourist Office
Official Website

The Coat of Arms consists of a white fleur-de-lis on a red background and carries the motto: Gules, a fleur de lys argent. The lily has been the symbol of the city since 1199.

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  • Pros:La Grand Braderie
  • In a nutshell:The inhabitants of Lille are called "Lillois, Lilloises"
  • Last visit to Lille: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 13, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I am planning on visiting Lille next October and have already bought my opera ticket, so now I am looking around for ideas of what else to do and see there.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Nice page


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