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Explore our heritage of Lille and its metropolitan area

It’s hard to define THE heritage of Lille, when there are 10 districts in Lille alone, 95 communes in the metropolis… and a thousand atmospheres! From Flemish heritage to industrial heritage, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, contemporary architecture, religious buildings and places of remembrance, diversity is the key word!

Our belfries brick giants

It’s no coincidence that belfries are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The belfry is a symbol! It’s the symbol of communal freedom, just as the dungeon is the symbol of the power of the lords, and the steeple the symbol of the Church. Lille is home to 7 belfries, all built in neo-Flemish style, with the exception of the Art Deco Lille Town Hall. At 104 metres, it’s the tallest municipal building in France! Six other brick-and-stone giants dominate the metropolitan skyline: the belfry of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also in Lille, as well as the belfries of Armentières, Comines, Loos, Tourcoing and Wambrechies.

Appointments Grand Place!

Quite simply, the Grand Place is where you’ll find all the soul of Lille and its metropolis: the merchant soul of the great Flemish fairs, the festive soul of major cultural and sporting events… and not forgetting the convivial soul, as this is where you’ll meet up with family and friends! But be careful not to choose the wrong meeting place: not only are there several “Grand Place” in the metropolis, from Roubaix to Tourcoing, via Armentières and Comines. And the most famous of them all, the one in Lille, is actually called “La place du Général de Gaulle” on the maps. In short, it’s simple… or almost!

Museums and heritage in the Lille area

1 metropolis, 9 tourist offices

The Lille metropolis has many facets… in fact, it comprises 95 communes and 1.2 million inhabitants, spread over 672 km2. And to discover all the nuggets of this vast territory, let yourself be guided by the teams of our different tourist offices:

Find all the ideas for activities selected by the tourist teams of Lille and its metropolis, in the Hello Lille Tourisme guide and its 2 annual editions, Hello winter and Hello summer: exhibitions, guided tours, walks, leisure activities, heritage…