Lille Cathedral

Lille, France

The construction of the Lille Cathedral began in 1854. The church takes its name from a 12th-century statue of the Virgin Mary. It was built to the Neo-Gothic 13th century style. The initial project was massive: 132 metres long, with spires reaching up to over 115 metres. However, wars and financial difficulties soon put an end to these plans. With the creation of the bishopric of Lille in 1913, the basilica became a cathedral, but the project, although reduced to more modest proportions, began to drag on and the cathedral remained unfinished.

It was not until the 1990s that public funding allowed for the completion of the main facade, which was inaugurated in 1999. Designed by the Lille architect Pierre-Louis Carlier, it is the product of great technical prowess and was made possible by the collaboration of Peter Rice (engineer for the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris). The central section is composed of a 30 metres high ogive covered with 110 sheets of white marble 28 millimetres thick, and supported by a metal structure. From the inside, this translucent veil reveals a surprising orange-pink colour.At the top, the glass rose window based on the theme of the Resurrection is the work of the painter Ladislas Kijno. The iron doorway is by the Jewish sculptor Georges Jeanclos.

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Place Gilleson, Lille, France
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Founded: 1854
Category: Religious sites in France

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Youness Elmoden (17 months ago)
Quiet and relaxing place, you feel that you are in the middle age.
Victoria Chhim (18 months ago)
Beautiful church. Full of energy and history. I go there sometimes just to enjoy those vibrations. It's something to see !
Paul Buckingham (18 months ago)
Not the most beautiful Cathederal but apparently they ran out of money during construction. Worth a quick look.
Rock Akiki (18 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral we can find old and modern architecture in the same cathedral
Kiley Simpson (2 years ago)
Beautiful interior. Definitely worth a visit if you're near downtown - it's a short walk away!
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