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Renaissance Old Lyon and its “Traboules”

 
Renaissance Old Lyon and its “Traboules”
This Renaissance district, listed by Unesco, is the largest area of this kind in France...

This unique area of Gothic and Renaissance architecture has been chosen by UNESCO as World Heritage.

It covers 24 hectares along the banks of the river Saone. Old Lyon’s urban development mainly took place in the 15th and 16th centuries.

After visiting the gothic cathedral, wander through the narrow cobbled streets and “traboules”…

These famous covered passageways going from one street to the next via corridors through houses hide superbly renovated architectural treasures: inner courtyards, galleries “à l’italienne”, spiral staircases etc.

Traboules of the Croix-Rousse and the famous Lyonnais' mural

 
The famous Lyonnais' mural
Discover the silk weavers' district and the reknowned traboules...

The Croix-Rousse is the district where the “canuts” or silk-workers used to live.

The famous Croix-Rousse “traboules” were very important for them. You will see just why!

A short stroll through the maze of “traboules”.

Some of them have the strangest names, like the “Cour des Voraces”, the voracious men’s courtyard…

History is everywhere on the bustling slopes of the Croix Rousse: here you will find the ruins of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre where the first Christians died as martyrs.

After walking down the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill through the “traboules”, cross the Place des Terreaux, where you can admire the City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum and Bartholdi’s fountain to get to the “Famous people of Lyon mural”, where you can see, side-by-side, portraits of the great men who have made the name of Lyon from Roman times to the present day.

 

Are you looking for somewhere to go, where you can relax and enjoy the great outdoors?

The Rhone river banks

The Rhône riverbanks linking Parc de la Tête d’Or to Gerland have been transformed into 5km of “user friendly zones”. The river embankments have made way to bicycle and roller skating paths, public areas, botanical avenues and even bench seating, allowing the public to relax and even dine at one of the boat restaurants.

Tête d'or Park

With its 117 hectares and a free-admission zoo, Tete d'Or Park is the largest urban park in France. This fabulous expanse of greenery also includes a botanical garden with 15,000 plants (6,000 of them in green houses) and is considered one of the finest collections in Europe. Don't miss the carnivorous plants and the giant Amazonian water lily with its leaves measuring up to 1.5 metres across. Then wander on the rose gardens and try to memorize the names of its 500 different varieties or admire the latest fashions in bridal wear as couples gather in the picturesque wedding photo spots. The park has snacks bars scattered around the grounds, pedal boats and rowboats rentals by the lake, a Guignol puppet theatre, a playground, mini golf course, etc.

 

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