Theatrical Tour of Villeurbanne's Gratte-Ciel District Guided tours

Next departure on 16/10/2021 at 14:30

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The ghosts of Gratte-Ciel

This theatrical visit of Villeurbanne’s Gratte-Ciel District brings you back to the 1930s, when this unique neighbourhood was conceived. During this stroll, your actor-guide (not in costume) will embody the historical figures that were central to the creation of this neighbourhood: Lazare Goujon, visionary mayor, his political opponent Camille Joly, and the architect Morice Leroux. You can even hear the buildings tell you what they saw and felt...

A real estate tour will then guide you in your apartment search: visit a typical apartment for rent in the 1930s, accompanied by a real estate agent from the time who will show you around the authentically-styled chambers before taking your rental application.

Villeurbanne's Gratte-Ciel District, described as "a successfully achieved utopia", is unique in terms of its spirit and the architectural techniques used to build it. Between historical scenes played by the guide and contemplative poetic moments, this unusual visit retraces the construction of this unique district.

Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity

Health and safety commitments

In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, all tours provided by Cybele have been adapted with routes that enable physical distancing and compliance with applicable health regulations:

  • The guide and all participants aged 11 and above must wear a mask
  • The sanitary pass will be required during this visit
  • A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between participants
  • Our guides are equipped with a hygiene kit
  • Out of respect for the inhabitants, we limit the passage in the traboules during the visit
  • Our guides alone make contact with objects (doors, light switches, etc.)



Theatrical Tour


Métro A > Gratte-Ciel

Meeting point

Place Lazare Goujon, (devant le TNP) - 69100 Villeurbanne

Single price €15.00

Here's to the newlyweds!

Lazare Goujon, the District’s founding mayor, had absolutely wanted a municipal organ. Since 1934, if you get married in Villeurbanne, a municipal organ player is present to play at your ceremony in the town hall!