The square of General Charles de Gaulle is historically the central square of the city of Lille and it houses the largest market in the region. The Grand Place square is typical of the north, such as you will find in the big cities of Belgium and Holland. People still call it Lille Grand Place despite the fact that its name was changed on the August 12, 1944, to honor the general ve had just liberated France. The Grand Place is the heart of the old city. It is on the edge of the pedestrian part of Lille. You will find a column with a goddess, famous buildings such as the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, the old bag, one of the most prestigious buildings in Lille with their typical facades dating from the seventeenth century and the Flemish Renaissance.