Lille Métropole

Cultural roller-coaster

Since 2004, when it became European Capital of  Culture, Lille Metropole has been a major cultural destination. After Lille Fantastic in 2012, the next next great cultural season, monitored by the Lille 3000 association, will take place in late 2015 and involve the whole of the metropolis. 2014 will also be an important year for celebrations with the 800th anniversary of the battle of Bouvines and the centenary of WWI.
Thanks to its 85 communes and its population of more than one million, the Lille metropolis is young, lively, welcoming and innovative, urban yet green, open to the greatest festive and sports challenges. Throughout history, Lille was Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish before becoming French and it remains cosmopolitan. Its architecture is bold and surprising,  btw in its picturesque monuments and contemporary buildings.
A merchant town for centuries, Lille metropolis retained its markets, its shopping areas and its large companies of international repute. Lille turned its industrial tradition into expertise in the industries of the future and is proud of an heritage in which factories standing like castles in its skyline and authentic boroughs tell great human stories.

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Fantastic Parade © Ville de Lille
Stage town for the 17th time
Préfecture du Nord (59)
Population : 228,000 inhabitants in Lille (Lillois), 1,125,000 inhabitants in the 85 communes of the Metropole
Economy : six sectors of excellence: (new technologies/image,
textiles/fashion/design, bio/nutrition/health, distribution and distance selling, eco-activities, higher tertiary sector) six centres of excellence: Euralille, Eurasanté, Haute-Borne, Euratechnologies, CETI (European Centre for
Innovative Textiles), Plaine Images
Culture : Citadelle Vauban, Lille old town, Palace of Fine Arts, La Piscine de Roubaix Museum), MUba Eugène Leroy, Opera, Théâtre du Nord, National Orchestra, Concert d'Astrée, braderie de Lille fl ea market
Sport : LOSC (football League 1), ESBVA-LM Basketball, LM Rugby, Roubaix Lille Métropole (cycling). Events: Paris - Roubaix, Half-marathon, Route du Louvre, Euro 2016.
Specialities : carbonnade fl amande (Flemish stew), potjevleesch (potted meat), cheeses (Old-Lille, Maroilles), beers, juniper
Sustainable Development : V'Lille (self service bicycles), 500 km of cycle lanes, 428 bus, tram and metro lanes, the Mosaic gardens, Parc du Héron, Les Prés du Hem (natural parkland around a lake)
Labels : Lille and Roubaix, Towns of Art and History, the UNESCO world heritage belfries of Armentières, Comines, Lille and Loos

55.152 kph

55.152 kph. It remains today, 20 years later, the fastest average speed ever in a Tour de France stage and it was set in 1994 by Chris Boardman in the 7.2-km prologue between Lille and Euralille. The British track specialist had only been a road rider for six months when he started the Tour for French team GAN. But on the track, the Mancunian was one of the most fantastic riding machines of his generation. Pursuit Olympic champion in Barcelona, he also held the hour world record set shortly before in Bordeaux. For his first prologue, Boardman left nothing to chance. He used a 9.2-kg bike and a gear of 53X12 equipped with an electrical derailleur.  The handlebars is profiled like a plane wing and the brakes have been cut by half to be used only in emergency. Today, Boardman still put his expertise and care for detail at the service of Team Sky and British Cycling.

Stage town for the 17th time
Préfecture du Nord (59)
Population : 228,000 inhabitants in Lille (Lillois), 1,125,000 inhabitants in the 85 communes of the Metropole
Economy : six sectors of excellence: (new technologies/image,
textiles/fashion/design, bio/nutrition/health, distribution and distance selling, eco-activities, higher tertiary sector) six centres of excellence: Euralille, Eurasanté, Haute-Borne, Euratechnologies, CETI (European Centre for
Innovative Textiles), Plaine Images
Culture : Citadelle Vauban, Lille old town, Palace of Fine Arts, La Piscine de Roubaix Museum), MUba Eugène Leroy, Opera, Théâtre du Nord, National Orchestra, Concert d'Astrée, braderie de Lille fl ea market
Sport : LOSC (football League 1), ESBVA-LM Basketball, LM Rugby, Roubaix Lille Métropole (cycling). Events: Paris - Roubaix, Half-marathon, Route du Louvre, Euro 2016.
Specialities : carbonnade fl amande (Flemish stew), potjevleesch (potted meat), cheeses (Old-Lille, Maroilles), beers, juniper
Sustainable Development : V'Lille (self service bicycles), 500 km of cycle lanes, 428 bus, tram and metro lanes, the Mosaic gardens, Parc du Héron, Les Prés du Hem (natural parkland around a lake)
Labels : Lille and Roubaix, Towns of Art and History, the UNESCO world heritage belfries of Armentières, Comines, Lille and Loos

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Places to see

Armentieres

The city is an example of the post-war reconstruction. Its world heritage belfry offers a great panoramic view over the base of Pres de Hem, a popular natural and leisure park, and the mounts of Flanders.
http://www.armentieres.fr/tourisme/

Lille

The city is proud of its world heritage belfry overlooking the town. Vieille Bourse tells the merchant story the city while the modern buildings of the Euralille area reflect the renewal and economic growth of the regional capital. The old St Sauveur station, turned in 2009 into a cultural stronghold, has become a meeting point for friend and famiiies alike.
http://www.lilletourism.com/

Villeneuve d'Ascq

The new town created in 1964 is a mixture of modernity and respect of nature. It is home to the innovative Pierre-Mauroy Stadium and to the LaM museum, hosting the largest collection of Naive Art in France as well as en exceptional collection of modern and contemporary paintings ( Modigliani, Picasso, Calder, Buren…).
http://www.villeneuvedascq-tourisme.eu/

Roubaix

Lille's neighboring city added culture to its sports tradition. The Roubaix Swimming Pool (La Piscine), an Art-Deco jewel turned into a museum, attracts crowds from France and Europe while the town's two cycling tracks keep alive the history of the host city of Paris-Roubaix.
http://www.roubaixtourisme.com/

Tourcoing

Creative, Tourcoing mixes historical heritage and new creations. The Muba Museum is home to a collection of works by Eugene Leroy. Close by, Hopsice d'Havre, a 12th century convent, became one of the 10 Maisons-Folies at the heart of the European Capital of Culture in 2004.
http://www.tourcoing-tourisme.com/

Town Hall belfry - Armentieres © Vincent Lecigne, Lille MétropoleTown Hall belfry - Lille © Max Lerouge, Lille MétropolePres de Hem - Armentieres © Max Lerouge, Lille MétropoleSaint-Sauveur station - Lille © Vincent Lecigne, Lille MétropolePierre Mauroy Stadium - Villeneuve d'Ascq © Vincent Lecigne, Lille MétropoleLAM museum - Villeneuve d'Ascq © Max Lerouge, Lille MétropoleLa Piscine - Roubaix © Max Lerouge, Lille MétropoleVelodrome - Roubaix © Vincent Lecigne, Lille MétropoleMUBA museum - Tourcoing © Pascaline Chombart Lille MétropoleHospice d'Havré - Tourcoing © Vincent Lecigne, Lille Métropole
Stage town for the 17th time
Préfecture du Nord (59)
Population : 228,000 inhabitants in Lille (Lillois), 1,125,000 inhabitants in the 85 communes of the Metropole
Economy : six sectors of excellence: (new technologies/image,
textiles/fashion/design, bio/nutrition/health, distribution and distance selling, eco-activities, higher tertiary sector) six centres of excellence: Euralille, Eurasanté, Haute-Borne, Euratechnologies, CETI (European Centre for
Innovative Textiles), Plaine Images
Culture : Citadelle Vauban, Lille old town, Palace of Fine Arts, La Piscine de Roubaix Museum), MUba Eugène Leroy, Opera, Théâtre du Nord, National Orchestra, Concert d'Astrée, braderie de Lille fl ea market
Sport : LOSC (football League 1), ESBVA-LM Basketball, LM Rugby, Roubaix Lille Métropole (cycling). Events: Paris - Roubaix, Half-marathon, Route du Louvre, Euro 2016.
Specialities : carbonnade fl amande (Flemish stew), potjevleesch (potted meat), cheeses (Old-Lille, Maroilles), beers, juniper
Sustainable Development : V'Lille (self service bicycles), 500 km of cycle lanes, 428 bus, tram and metro lanes, the Mosaic gardens, Parc du Héron, Les Prés du Hem (natural parkland around a lake)
Labels : Lille and Roubaix, Towns of Art and History, the UNESCO world heritage belfries of Armentières, Comines, Lille and Loos

Web sites

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