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‘Lille - Belfry and Gate of Paris’

Here I show you two historical monuments of Lille: the belfry and the Gate of Paris.
In a second picture in the workshop ’from above’ you get a view of this city gate seen from the top of the belfry.

The belfry:

At its opening it was the world's tallest tower in reinforced concrete. Today it’s still the highest civil belfry in whole northern Europe.
The belfry was built from 1929 to 1932 by architect Emile Dubuisson who combined the traditional forms of the Flemish Renaissance with the style and the materials of the 20th century.
The weight is more than the Eiffel Tower.

The Gate of Paris:

La ‘Porte de Paris’ is a triumphal arch in honor of the celebration of the capture of Lille by Louis XIV, the Sun King. It’s located on the site where once stood the fortress walls.
This triumphal arch expresses the power and the generosity of the king.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6912 W: 24 N: 16235] (63580)
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