LILLE in the NORD department

NORTHERN FRANCE, FRANCE

The Nord is home to the city of culture, Lille, renowned for its Palace of Fine art, its old town and its huge annual flea market. With its bustling commercial centre and lively nightlife, is the largest city in the region. The towns of Arras and Lens, which is home to the Louvre-Lens art museum, have a strong Flemish influence in both their architecture and food, as does much of the region thanks to its proximity to Belgium, Paris and the rest of Europe! but also offers visitors the fortified cities of Bergues, Gravelines, and Le Quesnoy, the picturesque Flanders mills and the famous Dunkirk carnival.

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LILLE in the NORD department

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FROMELLES

The ‘Gallipoli’ of the Western Front, 1916’s Battle of Fromelles was catastrophic, with some 7,000 newly arrived Australian and British soldiers losing their lives in a single night, and waiting some two years after that simply for burial. But thanks to a 2009 project that continues to this day, 250 of those men have been moved to the Fromelles Military Cemetery; 100 are still to be identified. You can learn more about the battle at the fascinating Musée de la Bataille de Fromelles. Then, pay your respects at the VC Corner Military Cemetery (the only uniquely Australian military cemetary in France, and a memorial commemorating 1,178 Australians who died in the battle and have no known grave), and take a moment in the moving Australian Memorial Park.

History

Palais-des-Beaux-Arts in Lille

Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Lille Palais des Beaux-Arts is one of the richest French museums. The building, completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century.

Cultural, Arts

The Belfry

The Belfry in Lille was built from 1924 to 1932 by the architect Emile Dubuisson who was inspired by the triangular-gabled Flemish houses. Its 104 metres-high and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cultural, History

City of Lille

The Nord is home to the city of culture, Lille and its picturesque old town known as Vieux Lille. With its bustling commercial centre and lively nightlife, it is the largest city in the region and indeed the capital of Hauts-de-France.

Cultural

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