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La Vieille Bourse

Monument (LILLE)

The neo-Flemish Vieille Bourse (Old stock exchange) is undoubtedly one of the city's finest monuments. Built between 1652 and 1653, it is made up of twenty-four small trading houses around a cloistered courtyard encircled by arcades. Under the Spanish rule, Lille obtained authorisation from Philip IV of Spain to build a public "stock exchange for merchants' use" so as to compete with the cities of Anvers, Bruges and Gand. Inside, there's a second-hand book market, and you might see chess-players and even tango dancers in the summer, on Sunday evenings