The Louvre Lens
In a wonderful building designed by Japanese architects SANAA, winners of the PRITZKER prize, the Louvre now shows its collections in Lens.
The Louvre-Lens dares a new look at art. With a guiding principle: trust the visitor. With its large gallery of Time, the Louvre Lens offers a bold presentation of the works. Going up the long gallery, with a slight slope, it traces 6,000 years of art history, from the first writings in Mesopotamia to the French Enlightenment. In all, 205 works are on display, including the famous "Liberty Leading the People” by Delacroix.
The Louvre Lens also has a large space for temporary exhibitions.
The site of the Canadian memorial at Vimy
The Vimy Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the Canadian soldiers who died on French soil during the First World War.
On top of Ridge Hill 145, is the largest monument dedicated to Canadian victims of the First World War. Erected between 1925 and 1936 on the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, this work was designed by Canadian artists. They wanted to pay tribute to their soldiers in creating impressive stone figures symbolizing the values promoted and the sacrifice made for France.
Grand Site of the Two Capes
The Grand Site of the Two Capes is a symbolic site of the Pas-de-Calais Department. It was the first to be classified as the Grand National Site. The Grand Site of the Two Capes is a coastline of 23 km but consisting mostly of breathtaking natural cliffs ! A site shaped by 160 million years. The diversity of landscapes, the variety of environments and coastal villages make it a very special place. More than 250 different species of birds elect domicile here such as the kittiwake, shoreline swallow, black and white eider. Rare plant species such as the marine cabbage, sea carrot, polygale, rock rose, eyebright, wild orchids, wild thyme and bitter gentian can be found here as well.
The mining area, World Heritage site of Unesco
The Nord-Pas de Calais is a dramatic landscape shaped by three centuries of coal mining. 120 000 hectares of mining area consists of pits (the oldest dating from 1850), of shoring, heaps (including the famous twin dumps, the highest dumps in Europe), transport infrastructure of coal railway stations, mining villages and towns of minors, public buildings but also the headquarters of mining companies, lodgings for management, and castles belonging to industry leaders ... The site illustrates the history of industrial Europe ...
Art Deco in Lens
Almost completely destroyed during World War II, Lens and its surroundings have benefited during the reconstruction from talented architects from Paris offer a thriving style: art deco. This movement, which advocated the use of geometry left many jewels in the heart of Lens: the Apollo façade, Lens station shaped as a train, the Great Offices and many facades in downtown. Moreover, many religious buildings contain countless rich ironwork : stained glass, sculptures, ceramic walls, altars and pulpits ...
The site of the Wellington Quarry hosts a memorial garden and a memorial wall to honor the soldiers of the First, Third and Fifth British Armies engaged in the Battle of Arras (April 9 to May 27, 1917.)
In 1914, the town of Arras is destroyed. Under the pavement, are still nonetheless impressive chalk quarries dug since the Middle Ages. In 1916, the Allies, preparing a diversionary operation before the attack on the Chemin des Dames, had an original idea: to connect these quarries together to create a network and house underground barracks. After the New Zealander TBMs finished their work, up to 24 000 men awaited the offensive there ...
For 10 years, in the very center of Lens, Arcadia II has been the place of excellent French cuisine (2 Michelin forks, one toque by Gault Millau). To welcome your guests in an exceptional location, Bruno Rosik and Hervé Wacquiez fell in love for a 3000 m2 parkRead more ... →