It has been an important part of life in Lille since its creation, and it continues to be one of the most popular destinations for visitors today.
The square was first built in 1667 by Louis XIV when he ordered the construction of a theatre, which still stands today as Theatre Sebastopol. The original design featured two wings surrounding a large central courtyard, with gardens featuring statues and fountains. Over time, this area became known as “Theatre Square” or Place du Theatre.
Today, Theatre Square remains one of the main attractions in Lille’s city centre. It is lined with cafés and restaurants that provide locals and tourists alike with delicious French cuisine and drinks while they enjoy watching street performers on weekends or people-watching during summer days. Visitors can also find plenty of shops selling souvenirs such as postcards, clothing items, and artwork from local artists around the square itself or nearby streets like Rue de la Monnaie (Money Street).
In addition to being home to some great eateries and stores, Theatre Square also features several monuments dedicated to famous figures from history who have had ties to Lille over time including Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), Pierre Mauroy (1928-2013), and Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970). There are also sculptures throughout that commemorate significant events such as World War I battles fought near Lille or other notable moments like Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation ceremony held here in 1804.
If you’re looking for something fun to do while visiting Theatre Square, then why not take part in one of its many annual festivals? From classical music concerts during springtime’s Festival Musiques Metisses Internationales De Printemps au Theatre Sebastopol each May to Summer Jazz Festival performances throughout July – there are always exciting activities happening here.