Cour Des Voraces
29 rue Imbert-Colomès 69001, Lyon, France
Cour Des Voraces Lyon Reviews
ARCHITECTURAL EMBLEM OF LYON'CANUT PAST AND A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A LYON TRABOULE(PASSAGEWAY) Sep 04, 2010
Known also as "Maison de la République",the VORACES COURTYARD with its impressive STAIRWAY of modern design lies in the middle of CROIX-ROUSSE slopes,the Lyon former silk industry district, in the heart of a TRABOULE or passageway with 3 separate entries(from the 29 of Imbert-Colomès street,you can reach the 9 of the Colbert square or the 14 bis of Saint Sebastien street).
These traboules,trademark features of Lyon are pedestrian passageways often in narrow space connecting one street to an other one or to several and were integrated in the construction of CANUTS(silk workers) building allowing them to reach the Prequ'île peninsula in a straight and sheltered path. Traboules were used by the Resitance fighters during Nazi occupation in WWII.
La Cour des Voraces takes its name from the most radical group of silkworkers,the Voraces society who fought for a new social order "LIVE WORKING OR DIE FIGHTING". This place was the meeting place of this group and its refuge during the 1831,1834 and 1848 riots when they were for several months at the head of the city.
The CANUTS,pionneers of workers solidarity with the France first mutual insurance society,LE DEVOIR MUTUEL were also,as ardent revolutionaries,keen to gather against the bistrots managers tried to reduce the wine borttle's volume!
The Cour des Voraces is within the area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1998.Its renovation work was completed in 1995 and now this symbol of Résistance and social housing may be used as a dryer(see my pics).
more info,map and itinerary to print on http://traboule.free.fr
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