Lille City Sightseeing tour
Thanks to Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL), the social event starts with a Lille city sightseeing tour. We will go and explore city’s older neighbourhoods and enjoy the charms of a lively and friendly town.
Lille has preserved many edifices as a testimony of its multiple influences, among which the Palais Rihour, the Vieille Bourse, the Rang du Beauregard and the Notre-Dame de la Treille cathedral.
After a tour that shows the architectural features of the city, the tour ends near the Hospice Comtesse, a flagship building that still keeps precious accounts of the town history in its museum.
Note: Lille city sightseeing tour will start at 16:30, in front of Tourist office of Lille, which is only 100 meters from metro station Rihour (line 1). After the last technical session of Tuesday, the participants will go to Tourist office of Lille together by metro.
Palais des Beaux-Arts Visit
Next step, we will visite Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille. Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered to be the second largest general-interest museum in France, just after the Louvre. The building, completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century.
Fully renovated in 1997, its 22,000 m² house prestigious collections of European painting (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix…), a few key examples of 19th century French painting (David’s Belisarius, Courbet’s L’après-dînée à Ornans, Monet’s Houses of Parliament, …), a large collection of drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphaël), a sculpture gallery (Carpeaux, Rodin, Claudel, Bartholdi…) and 17th and 18th centuries ceramics.
Also worthy of note is the presentation of relief maps of fifteen fortified towns in Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands (18th century models used by the French Kings during wars).
Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is just at the exit of Metro line 1 – stop: République Beaux-Arts.