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Lille is located in Northern France the river Deûle – near the border with Belgium.The city is located in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and belongs to the French Ministry of the North.
Lille has approximately 230,000 inhabitants (2009), and is an important commercial, financial and cultural center. In addition, Lille University and a number of other educational institutions. The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2004.
Off the tourist attractions in Lille old town must be mentioned. There are many beautiful buildings – more in the Flemish Renaissance style. Main square “Place du General de Gaulle” is located in the heart of the city, and the area can be such see the Old Marketplace “Ancienne Bourse” from 1652.
Other popular sights in Lille’s St. Maurice’s Church from the 1400s, Sainte-Catherine from the 1500-1700s and fortress “La Citadelle” from 1660’s.
Lille has a number of interesting museums and art museum “Musée des beaux-arts” is the best known. The place has an important collection of Flemish, Dutch, French and Spanish masterpieces – from the period of 1400 – 1900’s.
The city is otherwise a Charles de Gaulle museum, a natural history museum and botanical and zoological gardens.
The city’s international airport – Lille Airport – Lesquin – located 11 miles southeast of downtown.