Lille Notre Dame cathedral

Lille Notre Dame cathedral

Our hotel room backs onto the cathedral, so we hear the elaborate bells bonging occasionally calling us to mass. The cathedral has a brooding Gothic style from the side, with lunging gargoyles and other fascinating decorations. Wheelie access is via a lift on the western side near the front, which popped me into the main chamber. The front has been modernised quite strangely. From outside, it seemed to me to be under renovation, with a temporary facade, but closer inspection suggested this is permanent. Perhaps the facade was destroyed by the Nazis. The new facade is made of some translucent material which glowed gently from inside on our sunny visit. Wheelies can pop out onto the front terrace and survey the square below. You can also wander behind the main alter due to ramps on each side.

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