Historic Architecture Walking Tour (Self Guided), Lille

Lille historic architecture differs slightly from the architecture of other French cities. Being a northern French city, it contains many Flemish style buildings and red brick structures, which are uncommon in France. Lille boasts many stunning and unique buildings of varying design. Discover the magnificent flavor of Lille’s architecture in the following tour.
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Guide Name: Historic Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Lille (See other walking tours in Lille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chamber of Commerce de Lille
  • Le Rang du Beauregard
  • Opéra de Lille
  • Gare de Lille Flandres
  • Église Saint-Maurice de Lille
  • Préfecture de Lille
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
  • Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille
Chamber of Commerce de Lille

1) Chamber of Commerce de Lille (must see)

Chambre de Commerce de Lille was built between 1910 and 1921 to replace Vieille Bourse. It was designed by architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier. Constructed in a Neo-Flemish style, it is reminiscent of the majesty of ancient Dutch town halls. It has a splendid 76 meter high belfry, which is a symbol of the city’s commerce. The cupola features wonderful frescoes.
Le Rang du Beauregard

2) Le Rang du Beauregard

Le Rang du Beauregard is a stunning example of 17th century French architecture. This row of houses was built in 1687, after legislation for new buildings had been adopted. Rules for the new buildings required uniformity with neighboring buildings, particularly with Vielle Bourse, according to a standard blueprint consisting of three floors and an attic.
Opéra de Lille

3) Opéra de Lille (must see)

Opéra de Lille, a magnificent Neoclassical building, is in harmony with its surrounding structures, the Lille Chamber of Commerce and Vielle Bourse. Built between 1907 and 1913, designed by architect Louis Marie Cordonnier, the interior is also very impressive and worth seeing. Performances are held at reasonable prices.
Gare de Lille Flandres

4) Gare de Lille Flandres

Lille-Flandres is the city’s main railway station. The terminus for SNCF Intercity and regional trains, it was named Flandres in 1993 when the Lille-Europe station opened. It was built by Léonce Reynaud and Sydney Dunnett for the CF du Nord. Construction began in 1869 and ended in 1892. The station front, from Paris' Gare du Nord, was dismantled and reassembled in Lille at the end of the 19th century and an extra story and large clock were added as well. Dunnett added the Hôtel des Voyageurs in 1887 and the rooftop in 1892.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Église Saint-Maurice de Lille

5) Église Saint-Maurice de Lille (must see)

Construction of the Gothic style Église Saint-Maurice, located in the central part of the city, began at the end of the 14th century. Restoration of this beautiful Roman Catholic church was done by architect Philippe Cannissié in the 19th century. It was made an historic national monument in 1914.
Préfecture de Lille

6) Préfecture de Lille

Préfecture de Lille, a beautiful limestone building built from 1865 to 1905, was designed by architect Charles Hammer. The pediments were sculpted by Felix Huida in 1874. Currently, it houses Prefecture de Lille.
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

7) Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (must see)

The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is one of the largest museums in France. It was one of the first museums, established under the instructions of Napoleon I at the beginning of the 19th century as part of the popularisation of art. The museum opened in 1809 and was initially housed in a church, before being transferred to the city's town hall. In 1866, the "musée Wicar", formed from the collection of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, was merged into the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Construction of the Palais's current Belle Époque style building began in 1885 and it was completed in 1892. At the start of the 1990s, the building's poor state and the moving of Vauban's relief models of fortified towns to Lille forced the town to renovate the building. Work began in 1991 and was completed in 1997. Overall the museum covers 22000 square meters, the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. Its sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics and so on include works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Tissot, Jordaens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, Rodin, Claudel and Jean-Baptiste Chardin.

Operation hours: Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille

8) Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille (must see)

Designed by architect Emile Dubuisson, this city hall and its belfry were established in 1932. The belfry is 101 meters high and symbolizes Lille’s commitment to peace, faith in good work and the pride of Flanders. It was listed as an historic monument in 2002. The building is a magnificent piece of Art-Deco magic.

Walking Tours in Lille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Lille is home to great museums and art galleries that reveal its rich culture and history. It boasts Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, one of the largest museums in France, and the Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum. Don’t hesitate to spend a few hours touring Lille's magnificent museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Lille's Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Lille's Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Lille boasts many beautiful modern buildings. The main characteristics of Lille’s modern architecture are glass façades and elegant overhanging structures. Take this tour to discover the best in Lille’s modern architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Lille Introduction Walk

Lille Introduction Walk

Lille is an adorable French city with a distinct history and culture. The landmarks presented in this tour will certainly catch your eye, enrich your senses and leave you with good memories of the city. Discover Lille’s best attractions in this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Lille's Historical Churches

Lille's Historical Churches

Most of Lille’s churches are Roman Catholic, many of them historical monuments and have splendid architecture and magnificent interiors that will definitely catch your eye. Don’t hesitate to take this tour to discover Lille’s wonderful historic churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles