Passport to Lille
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highlights Lille has to offer. Plan your outings around current events...
© Mathieu Stanić
After 18 months of work and another six months of preparations, the enlarged La Piscine museum
will reopen its doors on 20 October 2018 at 15.00 and will be inviting the public
to join in a grand festive celebration throughout the weekend. To mark this
much-needed expansion to provide a bigger and better showcase for
the treasures of the Roubaix collections, La Piscine will welcome some
Head into 2019 with the long-awaited Lille 3000!
Starting on 27 April, Lille will continue its cultural adventure with
this, the 5th great themed event, with its focus firmly on
The Villa Cavrois is an architectural landmark, the iconic work of
the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure in the modernist movement. It was
designed and built for Paul Cavrois, a textile manufacturer from the North,
and his family. The remit for this modern chateau, commissioned in 1929, is
clear: "air, light, work, sports, hygiene, comfort and economy".
The former stock exchange, built between 1652 and 1653 by Julien Destrée, is
undeniably the most beautiful building in the city. Its courtyard is home
to booksellers, and, in summer, there are tango demonstrations there.
Remarkably restored, the flamboyant architecture of the old town, Vieux-Lille,
is captivating. Its facades, with their soft yet bold colours,
emphasise the exuberance and profusion of their decoration. Its 17th-century architectural diversity
acts as an incentive to stroll around, and you need to keep
looking up to appreciate the blend of bricks and stone.