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As the capital of the region Nord-Pas de Calais, Lille is a city rich in history, culture and is fun for everyone. Its name translates as "The Island", once famed for its marshy terrain, Lille today boasts fantastic architectural delights. Historically the city emerged as a competitor in several areas of manufacturing with a thriving textile industry materialising in the 16th Century with former residents such as Philip The Good championing the importance of such pursuits in addition to the arts.
With few buildings destroyed during the French Revolution, Lille has managed to retain much of its authentic beauty including gothic buildings and charming cobbled streets. The red brick buildings offer an architectural uniqueness unparallelled by other French cities. One of the must-see buildings includes the former stock exchange The Vieille Bourse in the Grand Place, the heart of the town centre. The Grand Place also offers a variety of markets and shops to explore. Travel is also effortless with two main train stations situated in the centre with a sophisticated metro and tram network.