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Lille History, France

The history of every place shows how the place began and surpassed the tragedies that have been encountered. History also shows the ups and downs of the place. One of the places that has an interesting history is Lille, France.

The existence of Lille in France was began the Middle Ages. The Great Charter dated 1066 was the first document on the appearance of the city of Lille. Baldwin V. Count of Flanders founded Lille. The city is also related to the foundation where the Saint Peter’s Chapter was created. Lille becomes the Riisel-Flanders’ capital and together with Brussels and Dijon it becomes one of the capitals of the state of Burgundy. 

The city of Lille is also called as Isla as it is located on the Deûle River. The city was then the transshipment place on the Deûle. In 1667, the whole region was annexed to France by Louis XIV though the inhabitants were not in favor. During the time of the Spanish series war, Lille was brought back to Netherlands, but was returned to France during the Utrecht Treaty. During the French Revolution, the city suffered too much and the church of St. Peter was destroyed.

The new basilica was built in 19th century and Lille became the main industrial capital. The area of the surface of Lille has tripled and the population of 120,000 doubled. During 1950’s the textile industry falls off and it caused great economic troubles in the city that led to the creation of the tertiary sectors like, insurance, school, banking and administrations.

During the 1970’s and 80’s the city experienced the problem of unemployment which increased rapidly until 1990. In 1994, the city of Lillie was inaugurated with a new name of Euralille. It shows that the city is the existing model of change. Lille was placed at the heart of North Western Europe as the fast trains operate for Brussels, Paris and London. In 1994, Lille was known to be the European Culture Capital and became the most visited tourist destination because of its hospitable environment, lively cultural life, and well-preserved inheritance.

The history of Lillie of France only shows that there is always a room for improvement after many hardships. History itself will show how a city undergoes great improvement and at the same time, it preserves its place.

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  • danpopWhat you should see in Lille
    review by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    Here are some things you shouldn't miss in Lille: - The City Center (it’s marvelous) - La Citadelle - Forum des Sciences - EuraLille - Palais de Beaux Arts (The second most important Museum in France after Louvre) - Marche de Wazemmes - La Fabrik (a new, huge and really cool...
  • danpopMy travel back to Lille
    review by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    First of all I want to say this: I consider Lille one of the most extraordinary places I’ve been too and returning there is somewhere like a blessing. 6:00 AM, Oradea, Romania. I’m waking up, thinking every 2 minutes: Am I forgetting something? The airline code, checked. The minibus...
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  • danpopFirst Sunday, each month, free entrance to the museums
    travel tip by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    In France, or at least in Lille, there is a tradition that each first Sunday of each month is free of charge in all the museums. Coincidence or not, in that period all the museums are filled with people, even if during the whole month...
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