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An architectural manifestoi, the Villa Cavrois is an iconic masterpiece by the architect, Robert Mallet-Stevens, a leading light in the modernist movement. It was designed and built for Paul Cavrois, an industrialist in the local textile industry, and his family. The agenda behind this modern castle, which was commisioned in 1929, is is clear: "Air, light, work, sport, hygiene, comfort, and cost."

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The former stock exchange, which was built by Julien Destrée from 1652 to 1653, is unquestionably the city's finest monument. Its courtyard welcomes booksellers, and is also the venue for tango demonstrations during the summer.

The remarkably restored Old City of Lille charms visitors with its flamboyant architecture. The blend of soft and bold colours in the facades of its buildings highlights the exuberance and the profusion of decoration This architectural diversity, dating back to the 17th century, encourages you to wander the city,  looking up to take in the blend of brickwork and stone detailing.