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. See Traboules du Vieux Lyon and all Lyon has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lyon tour itinerary maker app .
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  • The traboules are hidden walkways traversing the hallways and courtyards of mansions to join two parallel streets. They had various uses over the years (strategic steps during World War II). They are piàù of 500, but many are no longer viable. The entrance is through the gates which seem normal entrances of palaces, some are hard to find, others are marked with labels where it is also advised not to make too much noise in step so as not to disturb the residents of the building. I have gone through only the longest and most famous, # 54, Rue Saint Jean at no. 27, Rue du Boeuf, crossing 4 yards and 4 buildings. Really something very particular.
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  • Because people have created these passages? But it's pretty interesting, even the feeling of doing something wrong, and we are surprised when we got through and we get to another Street. Have to go, "mandatory" kkk!
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  • Need to know, must see it to believe! Well hidden, the traboules are a real treasure hunt in the capital of Lyon. Frankly high places of the city of Lyon
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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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