Lille's most beautiful monuments on the Grand Place.

Three major monuments stand on the main square in Lille, known as the Grand Place.

The Vieille Bourse (Old Exchange) is arguably the most beautiful monument in Lille. Its realisation was entrusted to the architect Julien Destrée from 1652 to 1653. Under its apparent unity, it is in reality composed of 24 identical houses, the construction of which was financed by 24 merchants. The houses form a quadrangle around a courtyard with arcades, the tranquil setting in sharp contrast with the nearby bustling streets.

Standing majestically in the middle of Lille's Grand Place, the Déesse (Goddess) commemorates the siege of Lille by the Austrians in September 1792. The sculptor responsible for the Goddess (built in 1845) was Théophile Bra from Douai, also responsible for the two bas-reliefs on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The Grand Garde was built in 1717 by Thomas Joseph Gombert. It represents above all the introduction of a new classical style architecture to a Flemish city of brick and stone. The Grand Garde is currently the headquarters of the Théâtre du Nord.

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place Charles-de-Gaulle

59800 Lille

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