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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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  • Surprisingly, the history that is behind. History of survival and resistance in times of war. Neighbors live today resigned before the numerous groups of tourists that visit them. It's worth the time.
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  • One of the great pleasures of the small gone that I was in the 1960s was to trabouler with my friends and the Knights of the middle age... and now that I have exceeded the average age... I am always seduced by these strange and very Lyon passages...
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  • Places to discover essential for anyone interested in the history of the old Lyon! It is preferable to opt for the circuit proposed by the local tourism office in order to benefit a greater accessibility. Indeed, more and more of traboules are more achievable without have a private access code.
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