Between culture, tradition and modernity, the capital of Flanders is an architectural with strong Flemish influences feast full of architectural treasures: Gothic churches, 17th century Old Town and the Palais des Beaux Arts, the largest fine-arts museum in France after the Louvre.
The Old Town
Remarkably restored, its flamboyant architecture is an enchantment to the eye. The softly dare facades that set off the exuberance and profusion of their decoration. Look up to appreciate the perfect harmony of brick and stone and don't miss the Old Stock Exchange, a real gem of Flemish architecture.
Museum of Art and Industry
In the exceptional surroundings of what used to be a 1930s Art Deco swimming pool, the Museum of Art and Industry offers its visitors an original setting for its collections of applied arts (drawings, textiles and ceramics) and fine-arts (19th and 20th centuries paintings and sculptures).
Inaugurated in 1994, the more futuristic part of the city is centered around the TGV Train Station Lille Europe, the Lille Grand Palais (convention center, exhibition hall and auditorium) and the shopping centre. Several renowned architects and urban planners have collaborated in its creation : Rem Koolhas, Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc, Claude Vasconi....
The covered market takes place every day, except Monday, in a covered building that dates back to 1869. With food, flowers, fabrics and exotic products, it's one of the largest markets in France. Colorful, with a "soho" atmosphere, it's a fine place to go for coffee and a browse and pick up some local specialties.