Going from the hotel I passed a two interesting statues.
When I got to the Palais I found it was hidden behind scaffolding as major renovations were underway, so here is a photo of the building from Google Search.
The Plans-Reliefs are in the basement. As the majority were made around 1700 - 1720, they are kept in large glass cases under very restricted lighting.
|First attempted photo.|
|After twiddling around with some of the dials on the camera, my second attempt.|
|The model of Lille citadel|
Lille's collection is of 15 of the forts from the northern region of France and southern Belgium, many formed part of Vauban's Pré Carré. The forts are Lille, Avesnes, Bergues, Bouchain, Gravelines, Maastricht, Aire, Calais, Ath, Namur, Menin, Tournai, Audenarde, Ypres and Charleroi.
Upstairs, there were a number interesting items.
|This unattributed bust is believed to be of Vauban|
|A young Napoleon Bonaparte, by Charles Corbet|
|I have forgotten the name of this picture.|
However, sometimes I am perplexed by contemporary art - is this art or design? Or whimsy?