Place des Terreaux, Lyon

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

The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district. It was completely redesigned in the 1990s by artist Daniel Buren with 69 granite fountains lined with 14 pillars. On the east side stands the City Hall. To the north is the lead sculpture Char triomphant de la Garonne by Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty), with a quadriga of four horses pulling a chariot, symbolising the Garonne and its tributaries galloping seawards. It faces Palais St Pierre, which hosts the Museum of Fine Arts.















About Place des Terreaux

 Place des Terreaux, 69000 Lyon, France


Place des Terreaux and Nearby Sights on Map

Lyon Hôtel de Ville

The 17th century City Hall on Place des Terreaux has a strikingly beautiful facade, which is radiantly illuminated at night

Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts housed in the former Palais Saint-Pierre displays a fine collection of European paintings from the 14th to mid-20th century

Saint-Nizier Church

The Saint-Nizier Church is a Flamboyant Gothic church with a Renaissance portal that is named after 6th century bishop Nicetius of Lyon

Opera Nouvel

The Nouvel Opera house opposite the City Hall is home to the Opera National de Lyon

Place Sathonay

Place Sathonay is a charming neighbourhood square in Croix Rousse with old chestnut trees

Musée de l'Imprimerie

Lyon was a centre of printing and book trade in Europe in the 15th - 16th century, and the Musee de l'Imprimerie in Hôtel de la Couronne showcases the city's historical collections of books and the graphic arts

Rue du Président Edouard Herriot

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

Montée de la Grande Côte

The Montée de la Grande Côte is steep street in the Croix Rousse quarter connecting the Terreaux quarter to the Plateau de la Croix Rousse

Rue Mercière

Rue Mercier is a cobblestone pedestrian street in Presqu'île, connected to buildings on the Saone bank through traboules

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules

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