This historic monastery is not only remarkable because of its history, but also because of its current vocation. Founded in the 12th century by the daughter of a local count, the monastery remained in use until the late 1990s – its chapel, the cloisters and the refectory façade were recently added to the list of historic monuments of France. Throughout its history the monastery was used as a hospital and school for young girls. But what used to be a place of worship is now a place for cultural exchanges under the theme of art. The hospice welcomes an eclectic mix of activities pertaining to the arts, like dancing, painting, cinema, theatre and music shows on a regular basis. The hospice is also noteworthy for its beautiful garden, which is filled with medicinal herbs.
Hospice d’Havré is located in Tourcoing just outside of Lille. It can be accessed by metro (stop Tourcoing Centre) or by car in 20 minute via routes N356 and D656. It is open all week from 1:30 to 6PM, but it is closed on Thursdays, bank holidays and during the month of August. Entry is free of charge.