Croix Rousse, Lyon

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Plateau de la Croix Rousse

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    Croix-Rousse district
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    La Croix Rousse

    by Klod5 Written Aug 19, 2007
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    Favorite thing: La Croix-Rousse, "colline qui travaille", pendant ouvrier et laborieux de Fourvière, la "colline qui prie", a été bâtie au début du XIXè siècle sur des terrains qui appartenaient aux communautés religieuses. Les pentes s’opposent traditionnellement au plateau. Les pentes de la Croix-Rousse font partie du territoire classé au patrimoine Mondial par l’Unesco en 1999.

    L’important dénivelé a eu des conséquences sur le tracés des rues qui suivent les courbes de niveau, ou attaquent franchement les pentes et se transforment en escalier. Les zones anciennes aux rues étroites séparant les hauts immeubles percés de traboules diffèrent totalement des parties modernes. Les Canuts (ouvriers en soie) occupaient les immeubles conçus pour eux et dimensionnés pour contenir les imposants métiers à bras et les nouvelles mécaniques inventés par Jacquard : hauts immeubles avec de nombreuses fenêtres. Des passages nord-sud dans le sens de la pente, les fameuses traboules, sont crées pour faciliter la circulation des piétons.

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    Croix-Rousse district

    by Klod5 Written Aug 19, 2007
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    Favorite thing: Le quartier de la Croix Rousse, quatrième arrondissement de la ville de Lyon, conserve un caractère villageois et demeure aujourd'hui le dernier bastion du particularisme lyonnais.
    Les plus farouches Croix-Roussiens, enracinés sur le plateau contemplent de loin l'agitation d'en bas et passent parfois des mois sans y descendre. Au XIXe siècle, le quartier résonnait du "bistanclaque", bruit des métiers à bras actionnés par 30 000 ouvriers de la soie, les canuts.
    La Maison des canuts fait aujourd'hui revivre cette tradition. C'est aussi le lieu de naissance de Guignol, sympathique marionnette de bois dont la renommée s'est étendue à toute la France.

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    After the Coup of 18 Brumaire...

    by eManWithG Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: After the Coup of 18 Brumaire (1799), Bonaparte's arrival in town gave another breath to Lyon. In 1805 the emperor decorated Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752-1834), thereby encouraging the use of the weaving loom. At the same time, the use of steam engines encourages economic development (1832 the first railway line linked Lyon to Saint-Etienne).
    However, political effervescence, due to work conflicts, gave rise to the revolt of the Canuts (silk workers) in 1831 and 1834. The Canut's motto was 'live by working, die by fighting'. A lot of blood was shed before these revolts were finally brought down. Under the Second Empire, large main roads (Republic President-Herriot Roads) were built in the district of Lyon center and the smartening up still continued on further and further. The revolts finally ceased around 1870. The Industrialists started to employ labour from rural regions, which boosted up the textile industry in the Mont du Lyonnais.

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  • I live in very special area of...

    by babel_fish Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: I live in very special area of Lyon called 'Les pentes de la Croix Rousse'. If you come to Lyon, it's the area that you have to visit.
    It's small part of the city which have funny streets called 'traboules'. Lyon is the only city in France with theses kind of street. The traboules are like a sort of labyrinthe: you enter in the front door of a building and you go out by another street.
    The traboules were used during the war and save life to many people.

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  • 'Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'...

    by Regisregis Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: 'Les Demoiselles de Rochefort' restaurant, in the 1st quarter of the city (on the Hills of 'La Croix Rousse')

    Fondest memory: Walking at night in the St Jean quarter, or going on the open market every saturday morning along the Saone River banks

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  • A 2 days stop should be enough...

    by Baron Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A 2 days stop should be enough to get a feel for the city. One thing to do: EAT.

    Fondest memory: The market on la Croix-Rousse boulevard (every morning except on mondays).
    Stop at a bar, sit at the terrasse and get a beer or coffee, watch the people. Buy good local products.

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