Lille Cathedral, France

The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Treille stands on the site of the former Chateau of Lille. It was begun in 1854 as a gothic-revivial style Cathedral. A Bishop was installed in 1913 when the Cathedral was not even half finished. Slow progress continued until 1947 when the project was abandoned and Lille was left with three quarters of a Cathedral church.

Lille entered a period of severe decline which has only recently been halted. Work began on the Cathedral once more in the 1980s and it was finally completed in 1999. Unfortunately the new work is far from complimentary to the gothic revivial work from the previous century, although for some the style of architecture is tasteful, I personally consider it rather ugly as it makes the Cathedral look more like a shopping centre.

Inside the bizarre mix of revival and modernist continues. Worth a look if you happen to be passing, but like much of Lille quite a disappointment.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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