Lille's Historical Churches (Self Guided), Lille

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.
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Lille's Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Lille's Historical Churches
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: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Lille
  • Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille
  • Lille Cathedral
  • Église Saint-Maurice de Lille
  • Église Saint-Étienne de Lille
  • Église du Sacré-Cœur de Lille
  • Église Saint-Michel de Lille
  • Église Saint-Sauveur de Lille
Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Lille

1) Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Lille

Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Lille, built between 1675 and 1707, was classified as an historical monument in 1965. It was designed by architects Francis Vollant and Thomas Joseph Gombert with a curious blend of styles, including a Flemish Renaissance choir, an Ancient Greek dome and Baroque wings on the façade.
Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille

2) Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille

Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille, a Roman Catholic church dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, was listed as an historical monument in 1991. Construction began in 1485 and was finished in 1727. It features windows designed by Henri Evaldre and wooden furniture from the 19th century.
Lille Cathedral

3) Lille Cathedral (must see)

Lille Cathedral, or Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille, a national monument, has been the seat of the Bishop of Lille since the founding of the diocese in 1913. Its construction began in 1854, taking its name from a 12th century statue of the Virgin Mary.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Église Saint-Maurice de Lille

4) 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.
Église Saint-Étienne de Lille

5) Église Saint-Étienne de Lille

The Église Saint-Étienne de Lille is a church dedicated to Saint Stephen, classed as a monument historique since 1971. It is one of the largest Jesuit churches in France. The church's stone façade is 29 m high and its height is accentuated by the very straight rue de l'Hôpital militaire. Its style is resolutely classical and inspired by the Roman Baroque, with two superimposed orders (Ionic order at the bottom, Corinthian order at the top). A 57 m high square bell tower topped with a campanile is to the left of the choir.

The church's interior is 61 m long, sober, light and on a Latin cross plan. The nave has 7 bays, with side chapels all along the aisles, and the choir extends the nave and ends in a semi-circular apse. The choir and aisles are covered by an ogive vault and the nave by a barrel vault. The black and white marble flooring comes from the former chapel and the stained glass windows between 1854 and 1862.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Église du Sacré-Cœur de Lille

6) Église du Sacré-Cœur de Lille (must see)

This Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, built at the end of the 19th century, was designed by Jules Batigny and became a national historic monument in 1983. Its eleven stained glass windows are located in the apsidal chapel, known as Chapelle du Vœu. It is one of the largest churches in Lille.
Église Saint-Michel de Lille

7) Église Saint-Michel de Lille

This Roman Catholic Church, built between 1869 and 1874, was designed by architect Alfred Coisel in a predominantly Roman-Byzantine style. It was built with a beautiful combination of limestone and brick.
Église Saint-Sauveur de Lille

8) Église Saint-Sauveur de Lille

This eclectic Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic church, designed by architect Francis Joseph Delemer, was built between 1898 and 1902 out of brick, limestone and sandstone. Some details have been well-preserved throughout the years, including its altar of Holy Angels.

Walking Tours in Lille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles