Lille Cathedral, also known as the ‘Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille’ is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the French city of Lille. The idea for a cathedral was proposed in 1854 and inspired by 13th-century Gothic styles used on the cathedrals of Reims, Amiens and Chartres. The construction of the cathedral started shortly after, however financial difficulties meant that it was not officially completed till 1999. The cathedral stands at 30 metres high and its facade is thick marble, inside the cathedral is just as grand with its rose glass window being a real focal point of the building. The cathedral is considered to be a National Monument of France.
The cathedral is situated a 10-minute walk away from one of Lille’s main transport hubs, ‘Lille Europe’. The closest metro station to the cathedral is ‘Rihour’ which is also a 10-minute walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
You can visit the cathedral for free. Its open every day, usually from 10am-12pm and 2pm-7pm except for Thursdays when the cathedral is open to visitors from 10 am straight through till 7 pm.