The Noble Tower Resistance Memorial
The Noble Tower now houses the Resistance Memorial. Source: © Office de Tourisme de Lille – Photo: © Damien - Zoom sur Lille
The Noble Tower holds an urn containing the ashes and remains of prisoners who were deported and cremated in the death camps. The cover of the urn bears the names of these camps.
Built at the beginning of the 15th century (in 1402), the Noble Tower was completed under King Philippe the Good. Designed using regional materials (Lezennes stone), it is covered with earth for protection against the cold and fire, with a width of 14 m and walls that are 3-m thick. The masonry and mouldings date from the Burgundy period. The “Noble Tower” has existed for 6 centuries.
Destroyed during Louis XIV’s siege, it was restored by Vauban. The upper section is missing, however, as is the ground floor, which has been buried. Inside we can admire the gothic vault and the urn symbolising the Martyrdom of the Deportees.
The urn inside the Noble Tower contains the ashes and cremated remains of deportees who were horribly murdered in the death camps. The cover, in bronze, bears the names of the camps in raised lettering.
Departmental Resistance and Deportation Memorial
Rue des Déportés in Lille
The site is open to the public during commemorative events, such as the last Sunday in April each year for the Deportation Commemoration Day and for the Historic Monuments Open House Days in September.
Information: for group visits, contact the Cultural Service at +33 (0)3 20 49 52 81.
Lille Tourism Office
Palais Rihour Place Rihour BP 205 59002 LILLE Cedex
Tel. from France: 0891 56 2004
Tel. from abroad: +33 (0)359 579 400
Quiz: Forts and citadels
rue des déportés 59000
service Culturel au 03 20 49 52 81 Office du Tourisme de LillePalais RihourPlace RihourBP 20559002 LILLE CedexTél. depuis la France : 0891 56 2004
visite le dimanche de 15 h à 17 h, d'avril à novembre et sur rdv.. Mémorial accessible au public le dernier dimanche d'avril, la Journée de la Déportation et les journées Portes Ouvertes des Monuments Historiques en septembre.