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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 is a good idea to take the bus up to Croix Rousse and leisurely walk down, admiring the view! No idea how old people cope with those 'streets'!  more »
  • Montee De La Grande Cote gives a good exposure to nature in this urban setting. Can relax there with family and friends.  more »
  • Visit La Grande Cote s'expose to experience a dynamic cultural scene Once you reach the Esplanade at the top you will be rewarded by a magnificent view of old Lyon and Fourviere. Well worth a photogra...  more »
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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
  • Nice landscaping
  • Had a decent view of the city, but it wasn't much of a park.