The story of silk through the traboules of Vieux-Lyon Guided tours

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14h

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Guided tours Vieux-Lyon
Tour proposed by Lyon tourisme et Congrès

Relive the birth of an industry that has made its mark on the city during a tour of Vieux-Lyon!

Experience the magic of the cobbled streets and narrow passageways of Vieux-Lyon, a quarter that bustled with activity during the Renaissance.
The uniform architecture of this key district takes us on a remarkable journey through the centuries, from the Middle Ages under the rule of the church, to the flourishing commercial activities for which Lyon has become renowned.

Over the course of your stroll, you will discover the great families who have left their mark throughout the centuries... Discover which tapestry made the Le Viste family famous, or which Lyon saying was inspired by the Gadagne family.
Visit one of the last weaving workshops that still uses Jacquard looms. Meet an impassioned silk worker who takes pride in preserving this traditional Lyon craft. What are the different stages in the production of a fabric? What is the future of this artistic profession? What does the onomatopoeic word “bistanclaque” describe?
From the traboules to the narrow cobbled streets, unravel the history of silk!


Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
No cancellation fee 72 hours before the date of the tour.

Duration

2h00

Kind

Guided tour on foot

Access

Metro D > Vieux-Lyon

Meeting point

In front of the "Palais de Justice", quai Romain Rolland - Lyon 5th
End of the tour at Soierie St Georges - Lyon 5th

Prices
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children Free
Adults €13.00
With Lyon City Card Free

Studied fate!

It's hardly a whim of fate if Lyon is the capital of silk. In 1466, Louis XI decided to relocate this industry in Lyon, an economically strategic city close to Italy, its main supplier of silk worms!!

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