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The traboules are a unique architectural feature of Lyon's historical buildings, largely influenced by Italy and especially Florence. They are passageways which link two streets through a building, and usually a courtyard. They were used by silk manufacturers and craftsmen to transport their textiles, clothes and wares in inclement weather. Explore the Renaissance district of Vieux Lyon and the silk district of Croix-Rousse, which are part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see these traboules. Some of them are officially open to the public. They link the following addresses:- 54 rue St Jean 27 rue du Boeuf (the longest in Lyon)- 27 rue St Jean 6 rue des Trois Maries- 2 place du Gouvernement quai Romain Rolland.To open the doors, just press the service button next to the door code keyboard. If you are unable to enter from one side, try the opposite entrance. In the morning, many other doors are open for service (mail, garbage collection), so more traboules are accessible. There are traboules in almost all buildings between Quai Romain Rolland and Rue St Jean/ Rue des Trois Maries, and others between Rue St Jean and Rue du Boeuf. The most famous of all is the Traboule de la cour des Voraces (Traboule of the Voracious Court) in the Croix-Rousse quarter that is one of the landmarks of the Canut Revolts and also the oldest reinforced concrete stairwell in Lyon.



About Traboules

 54 rue St Jean, Lyon

Traboules and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Lyon Cathedral

Lyon Cathedral(0.2 km)
The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

Renaissance Courtyards

Renaissance Courtyards(0.1 km)
Lyon is known for its buildings with traboules, though some have very beautiful courtyards but no real traboules (crossing from one street to another).

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière(0.3 km)
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière atop Fourvière Hill is votively dedicated to Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, for saving the city from several adversities – scurvy in 1638, the Black Death of bubonic plague that spread through Europe in 1643, cholera epidemic in 1832, and Prussian invasion in 1870.

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules(1 km)
The Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules is a Roman theatre from 19 BC that marks the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were thrown to the lions in 177 AD.

Rue du Président Edouard Herriot

Rue du Président Edouard Herriot(0.6 km)
The Rue du Président Edouard Herriot is an important street in the Presqu'ile quarter, part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage site.

Place des Terreaux

Place des Terreaux(0.8 km)
The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district.

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse(1.9 km)
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market with 59 shops selling the best of Lyon's gourmet creations.

Marche Saint-Antoine

Marche Saint-Antoine(0.4 km)
The Marche Saint-Antoine is a major French food and flower market in an upscale neighbourhood of Lyon.

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