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Montee De La Grande Cote, Lyon

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The Montée de la Grande Côte, or the Montée de la Grande-Côte, is a street of La Croix-Rousse quarter, located in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, connecting the Terreaux quarter and the Plateau de la Croix Rousse. It is characterized by a high elevation and is more narrow at the bottom. The street belongs to the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.HistoryIn the Middle Ages, this street was still a country path already taken during the prehistoric times, bordered by agricultural land, including vineyards. The nuns of the desert bought the western part in 1296 and decided to change the route in a street several centuries later. It was urbanized in the 16th century. Then, from the 16th century, it became a major axis of entry and exit from the Presqu'île by the North since the Porte Saint-Sébastien or La Croix-Rousse. Thus, the street was originally called Grand'Côte Saint-Sébastien and Grand'Côte de La Croix-Rousse. The upper part of the street was named Pierres-Plantées named after the planted stones installed in this area to reduce the dangerousness of the street, thus providing an insurmountable physical constraint. In 1628, a small statue of Saint-Roch and a plaque in Latin, installed to indicate where the plague epidemic stopped, were added and finally removed after the French Revolution.While the rest of the plateau and slopes of La Croix-Rousse were mainly composed of religious congregations, the Grand'Côte already hosted many canuts. In 1788, there were 705 looms. Their number increased with advancing urbanization of the slopes. The Grand'Côte became the crossing place of the workers who came down to Lyon, to the Capuchins, the district of merchants or Condition des soies). It was particularly taken by the demonstrators during the Revolt of Canuts on 21 November 1831 and 14 February 1834. In 1835, a cooperative store was established here long before the Rochdale movement in England and a plaque is now in the street stating : "Here was founded in 1835 by Michel Derrion and Joseph Reynier the French first cooperative of consumers." Today, the street continues to provide a typical example of a canuts street, although the upper part was restored.
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  • It's worth the effort produced. Typical shops from the beginning, the crossing of the jardin des plantes and the view which can be enjoyed at the top should inspire you to make a little effort!
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  • If you climb to the top of the Croix rousse, the safer you will spend here. If you raise, turn and see the sights of the city. They are very comfortable to climb stairs. What is surprising is that there are many lyoneses that go with mono skate, so some of them down at full throttle by the slopes of the Hill and others will rise with the skateboard in hand, it is surprising!
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  • Initially lower-left, the famous coffee of the Sun which is the background to all theatres clown of the world. Difficult to get to Fourvière feet ascent.
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  • Great place to sit down and relax. Would be a nice place to take a date and/or have a picnic as you are walking to the croix-rousse.
  • Nice little park to sit in the shade and take in the views on your way up to Croix Rousse.
  • Stunning view of lyon and fourviere, especially by night
  • Had a decent view of the city, but it wasn't much of a park.
  • Nice landscaping

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Where to stay in Lyon

Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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