Have you ever come to Lyon? Follow us on a sightseeing tour for a weekend !
PLACE DES TERREAUX Saturday 10 a.m. Place des Terreaux was laid out in the 17th century. Itsnamecomesfrom the Latin word for the ditches (terralia) that once surrounded the Croix-Rousse peninsula. The fountain, a masterpiece by Bartholdi, has been movedseveral times. It wound up on the northside of the square subsequent to the 1994 renovation by Christian Drevet and Daniel Buren.
CITY HALL The 16th-century building burnt down shortlyafterits construction. Then, in the early 18th century, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of Versailles, renovated and alteredit. A statue of Henri IV stands at the pinnaclewhere a statue of Louis XIV, destroyedduring the French Revolution, once stood.
THE OPERA Saturday 11 a.m. Lyon’s 1831 opera house wasrefurbished and considerablyenlarged by Jean Nouvel in the early 1990s. As therewas no land available for lateral extension, the architectdoubled the building’s volume vertically by adding five nudergroundlevels and six levelsbeneath a roof topped off by an immense glass dome.
CROIX ROUSSE Diggingbegan in 1940 but was not completeduntil 1948. This 1.750 metertraffic tunnel wasinnaugurated in 1952. It connects the Saône’s and the Rhônes’ riverbanks by goingunder the Croix-Rousse hill. Tunnel…
THEATRE DES CELESTINS AND PLACE DES CELESTINS Saturday 2 p.m. This greatlyappreciatedItalian-style theateris the second largest of itskindafter the Comédie-Française. The parking area at Place des Célestins is the pride of the city.
PLACE BELLECOUR AND STATUE OF LOUIS XIV Saturday 3 p.m. Beneaththismajestic square, one of the largest in Europe, lies a metro station and a car park. The statue here of Louis XIV is a copy made in the time of Napoleon I. The original wasdestroyedduring the Revolution. The statue of Louis XIV is on the base of a particularly firm urban legend of Lyon. We indeed tell that his(her) sculptor, realizing that he had forgotten stirrups in the statue, would have committed suicide.
FOURVIERE Saturday 5 p.m. Fourvière Basilica… The people of Lyon vowed to build a huge church if they were spared an invasion by the Prussians. This imposing basilica was built during the second half of the century. It is often compared to the Sacré-Cœur in Paris. Unexpectedly, the old photograph features the metal tower, which stands further away on the left: a photomontage aimed at getting together the two landmarks of Fourvière.
FOURVIERE AND ITS ROMAN ORIGINS A long time ago, the city of Lyon was colonized by the Romans. It was called « Lugdunum ». Some monuments in Lyon were built by the romans. The most famous monument is the roman Fourviere theater. It is visited by millions of people. However this theater also hosts a famous Festival in the summer which is called « the nights of Fourviere ». During this Festival, there are plays, shows and concerts. 10
THE OLD LYON Sunday 10 a.m. This pink house has one of the highest Renaissance stairwell towers in the neighborhood. It was carefully renovated, despite a few liberties taken with color. It used to be called the maison du crible(the riddle house) because its owner was a tax collector and a tax collector had the reputation of sifting endlessly through the taxpayers’ accounts. Moreover, a legend on the color of the tower reached until us. A head of family wanted to marry her daughter. As she refused the man whom he had chosen, she threw herself down from the tower. The splashed blood gave to this one its current color !! Tour Rose …
« MAISON DES CANUTS » The House of the Silk workers is the only place in Lyon where we can see working looms arm Jacquard loom. During a commented visit, you can discover: the invention of Jacquard loom illustrated by demonstrations of weaving on arm jobs, the story of the silk, the social contribution of the silk workers in the XIXème century and the reality of the from Rhône-Alpes textile industry in the XXIth century. The shop proposes you a vast line of textile products made in our region: scarfs, slings, ties, coupons of fabrics, weaved images and braid.
TRABOULES In Lyon, a traboule is a traditional passage which allows to pass from a building to the other one. Traboules is frequent in old Lyon but many are little visible or closed to the public. In a nutshell, a traboule is a way reserved for the pedestrians, often narrow, beginning with a corridor of entrance and crossing one or several buildings to connect a street to the other one.
TETE D’OR PARK Sunday 1 p.m. The Gates… The gildedwrought-irongatesat the Porte des Enfants du Rhône are the best-known of the park’ssevengates. Tête d’Or parkwas laid out in 1856. Covering 117 hectares (289 acres), itis the largest in France. It attractstwo million visitors a year and features a zoo, a botanicalgarden, a rose garden, a train ride, a lake, a restaurant and several concession stands.
HALLE TONY-GARNIER Sunday 3 p.m. 210 meters long, 20 metershigh and 80 meterswide, this center was the work of Tony Garnier, an architectfrom Lyon. It was part of his 1914 « Industrial City » project for the La Mouche slaughterhouses. Today, ithousestemporaryexhibits and serves as a concert hall.
BERGES DU RHONE Sunday 4 p.m. From the Tête d’Or park to Gerland, the banks of the Rhône are entirely reserved for the pedestrians and for the soft traffic. From north to south, banks offer places of relaxation and freshness at the water's edge and establish a space of walk for children and adults. Entirely reorganized to let the nature express himself, banks are a model of river development. We can also take advantage of barges moored all along the route, which are alternately made bar, restoring or discotheque.
STADE DE GERLAND Sunday 6 p.m. For the boys… The stadium of Gerland is the main stadium in the city of Lyon. Situated in the 7th district, the district of Gerland, it is now used by the famous ‘Olympique Lyonnais’ football team. It is the fourth biggest French stadium.
To finish the weekend in apotheosis, come to go shopping to the Shopping mall the Part-Dieu in Lyon! 230 shops wait for you under a roof of light! And we find any sorts of stores there! PART DIEU Sunday 7 p.m. And for the girls… The tower which is called «le crayon » is a famous tower near this shopping mall. At the top of the tower, there are a hotel and a panoramic restaurant. So, when you are eating, you can see the amazing view of Lyon. 18