Lille is a town in the North of France, near Belgium. It is the largest city in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
A lot of students live in Lille and it has a vivid, dynamic nightlife with disco's, café's and a lot of restaurants. In the area of Theâtre Sébastopol you can find many Chinese and Japanese restaurants.
In Lille you can see modern and ancient architecture. The cathedral Notre Dame combines both perfectly. You can see great buildings in the center, such as La Vieille Bourse and La Chambre de commerce.
Lille is the 10th largest city in France with its 220.000 inhabitants in the city center and counting the suburbs the total population amounts to 1.2 millions where of 100.000 are students. Every year 400.000 tourist visit this city's tourist office. Lille has got a vey nice historic centre, with old houses and mansions that look like those of Brussels or Amsterdam.
The city of Lille, was built on the Deule River, and was first founded in 1066, during the Medieval ages. Lille, originally known in Flemish as Rijssel, became one of the capitals for the County of Flanders, which was formed after the Treaty of Verdun in 843.
In the 19th Century, Lille became a large industrial city, and the population tripled in a short time. However, during the 20th Century, especially after World War II, Lille fell on hard times and progress declined. Still, Lille was spared of much of the horror and destruction that devestated France during the war.
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