Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral
A modern architectural attraction, Lille's cathedral (dedicated
to the Virgin Mary) is an imposing homogenous structure, begun as a
basilica in 1854 in 13th-century Gothic style. Building continued
slowly, interrupted by wars and financial constraints, but finally
in 1999 the lofty building was declared complete after the
perfection of the unique main façade, designed by local architect
Pierre-Louis Carlier in collaboration with Peter Rice, who
engineered the Sydney Opera House. The central marble section
supported by steel wires is an impressive sight, particularly
viewed from inside or at night, when it is revealed as resembling a
pink translucent veil.
Address: 12 Rue Jean Moulin, off rue de la Monnaie
Opening Time: 10am-12pm and 2pm-7pm.