Lille

Munfrance 2019 host city

 

Discover Lille - a city at the crossroads of Europe. Situated in the heart of the historical region of Flanders, Lille exhibits a rich mix of cultural influences, making it the perfect location for international debate and exchanges.

 

Highlights include Place du Général De Gaulle (also known as the Grand'Place), with its Vieille Bourse, the Théâtre du Nord, and its Column of the Goddess. Just a few steps away in the adjoining Place du Théâtre are Lille's Opera House as well as the Chamber of Commerce, crowned by its iconic belfry.

 

While it is the belfry of the Chamber of Commerce which has become the predominant symbol of Lille, the "official" Lille belfry is in fact attached to the City Hall at Place Simon Vollant, whose focal point is the 17th-century Porte de Paris - Lille's very own Arc de Triomphe, built to celebrate the victories of Louis XIV.

 

Just a stone's throw away from the Porte de Paris (and indeed from Sciences Po Lille, where MUNFrance 2019 will be taking place) is Place de la République, flanked by the Préfecture du Nord and the Palais des Beaux-Arts - Lille's premier cultural institution, housing a museum containing a large collection of art from ancient to modern times.

 

A bustling, distinctly European city, just 35 minutes from Brussels, 1 hour from Paris, and 1.5 hours from London by train, Lille's more modern architectural highlights include the intriguing sculptures of Place François Mitterrand, adjoining the late 20th-century Gare Lille Europe railway station and the Euralille business district.