Citadel of Lille

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The Citadel of Lille is the fortified centre of the city walls of Lille, France. It is thought that the citadel was built between 1667-1670 and it was dubbed the Queen of Citadels by its creator, Vauban. The citadel was built in a star shape and the citadel and its walls are thought to have been built using 60 million bricks and 3 million concrete blocks. The fortification and citadel made the city have one of the best defences in Europe. Its style was thought to inspire the Pentagon in the USA. 

Getting there

To get to the citadel take the 10 bus from the centre of Lille. The closest metro station is ‘Rihour’ which is a 15-minute walk away from the citadel.

Opening Times and Admission

The Citadel can be visited either by yourself or on an organised tour, the tours run from Rihour Square by the Lille Tourist office. The Citadel is best visited during the daytime as lighting at night is limited.

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