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Built in a neo-Flemish style by the renowned architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier, this red-brick belfry rises to a height of 67 metres at the centre of the Grand'Place. Its massive quadrangular tower, reminiscent of medieval dungeons, stands in stark contrast to the Renaissance style of its slate-roofed bell chamber. From the top, there's a breathtaking view over Lille and its surroundings, the Flanders hills and Belgium. Every year in September, little dry round biscuits called "nieulles" are thrown from the balconies of the town hall. This tradition dates back to six centuries ago, when it is said that Jacques de Luxembourg threw biscuits to his cheering crowd of subjects gathered below.


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