Today, I invite you to discover one of the hills of Lyon, the Croix-rousse one who is also a district of Lyon deeply marked by his history of industrial high-place of silk. It was a long time called besides “the hill which works” by opposition with the hill of Fourviére on which is built the basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviére which was called “the hill which prays”.


In 1512, Louis XII decides the construction of fortifications at the top of the hill to defend the town of Lyon. This rampart, named Saint-Sebastien, then integrates the slopes into Lyon, but insulates the plate, thus creating a new suburb, the suburb of the Croix-Rousse one.

The district of the Croix-Rousse

One of the emblems of Croix-Rousse is the Large-Stones, a rock very hard gray-white located at the end of the boulevard of theRusset-red one. This block comes from the Alps and was moved by the glacier of the Rhone there is nearly 150,000 years. It was released during the digging of the subway C of Lyon in 1974.

The plate of Croix-rousse is very commercial with the presence of many trade of proximity; it is about a very family district.


The traboules are narrow passages through buildings which make it possible to pass from one street to the other.

They are the fruit of a long story of Lyon and more particularly of Croix-Rousse with the weaving of silk. This one was carried out by the “Silk workers” who lived mainly on the slopes of Croix-rousse, this district which extends from the plate of the same name to the Terreaux place.

Slopes of the Croix-Rousse

I invite you to trott you in this district which is very connected from now on; it shelters for example the Village of the Young Creators, a space where the creators can have a shop for one two years duration maximum, without paying rent. Thus they can test their activity while continuing developing their creativity because each one shop have a workshop in basement.

You can also trott you in many the traboules of this district who are likely to be always in activity for the majority, which becomes moreover in of rarer; thus you will be able to descend all the slopes from Croix-Rousse without passing by the street by a quasi-continuous succession of traboule.

You will also find many bars of environment, in particular on the bottom of the slopes; besides much Lyonese comes to decompress the evening there after work.

In conclusion, the slopes of Croix-Rousse are a district which, although marked by its industrial heritage related to the weaving of silk, knew to be reconverted to become attractive.

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