In 1867 the stones of the facade of the Gare du Nord in Paris, were transported in order to construct the Lille-Flanders station. The architect Léonce Reynaud was in charge of it´s construction. Then they built a large, covered hall. The complex was completed in 1890 with materials brought from Paris. More specifically, they came from the Universal Exhibition of 1889. With the Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture event in mind, structures were placed in the hall playing with the colors. This is a beautiful landmark that welcomes travelers in the heart of the City.
Lille Europe station, opened in 1994, is one of the modern buildings that are so typical of Flanders, with its rigid architecture. Euralille is located opposite the shopping center and is just five minutes walk away from Lille Flandres. It´s also famous for the colorful flowers that adorn the François Mitterrand square.
Catching line 2 of the metro in Lille Europe is like enjoying the work of the architect Jean Pattou. When the subway was built in the 1980s, each station had to be a place for art. Lille Europe has enjoyed a remarkable and impressive success. On the walls, you can see the cities of London, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Brussels displayed... It's beautiful!