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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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  • It's narrow passages giving access to the courtyards and linking between them streets close to the House. Are an example of how it was supposed to be the life of the weavers having closely related work and housing. Worth a visit for their originality
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  • Walk in the guided tour, and discoveries of traboules and course of the old Lyon in full event party lights so crowd +++ great discovery, great atmosphere! Very sincerely to do and redo.
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  • Access to downtown from the airport is simple, take the RHONE EXPRESS which is a tram to stop vaux in vellum silk then take the subway to the City Hall stop and you're Terreaux square!
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