“During the English blockade, Napoleon I contributed greatly to the industrial and economic development of the North by passing decrees to promote the cultivation of sugar beet (1811) and the spinning of flax (1811 and 1812). The Chamber of Commerce of Lille wished to pay tribute to him by erecting a statue cast from the old scales used to mint coins, themselves cast with the bronze of the cannons taken at Austerlitz. The work was inaugurated with great pomp on 3 December 1854 in the courtyard of the Vieille Bourse in Lille. Moved in 1976, it has now been installed in the renovated museum since 1997.”
Open everyday except Tuesday at the following times:
Place: Palais des beaux-arts de Lille, 12 bis Rue de Valmy, 59000 Lille
For more information, see here.
For a full list of participating institutions, visit the ‘Napoleon dans les Hauts-de-France’ website. (In French)