Maison Centrale

Built: 1820

Abandoned: 2011

Visited: 2013

Lille, France

This is the old prison Maison Centrale. The prison was built in 1820 in an old abbey. This abbey was built in the seventeenth century, at the same location of a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1146. In 2006 the prison housed between 350 and 370 male and female prisoners, mostly between the ages of 20 and 35 years. Since 2005, it only housed men that were imprisoned shorter than 19 months. Other convicts were send to a new jail in the region.


The buildings were abandoned in 2011. The buildings are not protected, but the facade will not be demolished. The old walls will be part of the new prison that will be built on this site. See also my report of the other prison on this site.

Photos Maison Centrale

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