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Grande Place, Lille

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Rising from the center square in Grande Place is the "Column of the Goddess," sculpted by Théophile Bra in 1842. Unlike many central plazas, this is not centered around a church or a belfry, making the statue the square's primary feature. The sculpture is a memorial of the Siege of 1792, when the Austrian army bombarded the city for nine days and nights, until determined citizens formed a resistance to stop the siege. You'll find quaint boutiques, artistic cartouches, and bustling markets housed in 17th-century buildings surrounding the square. Find out how to plan Lille trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • great open space, free of traffic to just wander and enjoy. Felt very safe even at night, Even better when they turn the fountain on!  more »
  • Historic main square in the center of the city. It began as a market square in the Middle Ages, and the first mention of it is found in 1066. At the end of the last world war, the square was named after General de Gaulle. In the center of the square is an impressive column of the Goddess, honoring the heroism of the townspeople during the siege of Lille in 1792 by the Imperial Army. There are some very interesting buildings around the square. There is something to pay attention to.
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