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Traboules du Vieux Lyon, Lyon

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Traboules are a type of covered passageway Lyon is known for. Traboules du Vieux Lyon were built mainly as footpaths for silk merchants in the 14th century to transport their goods. However, some believe that they appeared as early as the 4th century to transport water from the Saone river to people's homes. During World War II, Traboules du Vieux Lyon provided cover for local resistance fighters against German invasion. About 40 traboules are open to the public; others are only for private use. Keep your eyes peeled inside the snake-like passageways. You may spot secret exits, hidden spiral staircases, and shortcuts that lead to an off-the-beaten path cafe. Make Traboules du Vieux Lyon part of your personalized Lyon itinerary using our Lyon vacation planner.
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  • Very interesting ride in this medieval district of old Lyon, there if stop to discover passages called traboules. .. admire façades rebirths enter courses there discover old wells of the carved stairs. ...
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  • If you're stayng in Lyon, and have some days to devote to visiting its Renaissance quarter of Vieux Lyon, you cant miss visiting its "traboules" or passageways between ancient buildings - some dating ...  more »
  • The traboules are something very interesting and essential for the Vieux-Lyon. We made a visit with Air tour, we hired online and we really liked.
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