Built from 1924 to 1932 as part of the reconstruction of the town hall, following destruction in the First World War. From the top, unobstructed views of Lille and the surrounding Flemish countryside are unrivalled in the city.
The 104 metre high bell tower is the tallest municipal building in France. The adjoining buildings are reminiscent of Flemish architecture with their typical triangular gables and red bricks, combined with an original blend of art-deco style.
Although no longer in use, the belfry contains a headlight that was once used to inform the population of municipal gatherings. It was also a symbol of the city’s affluence, reflecting the political and commercial power of the regional capital.
The belfry has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. You can get to the top by stairs or lift, and binoculars are available to rent.