Place des Terreaux

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spocklogic spocklog…
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Central Plaza of Lyon's Old Town Feb 27, 2016
This plaza in Lyon dates to the mid 16th century, and the name Terreaux comes from the Latin word terralia, meaning to divide. The reason for the name is because the land here was outside the city walls, composed mostly of swampy ditches, in the early 16th century, until it was incorporated into the city by pushing out the boundaries. It was later filled in and cleaned up, serving multiple purposes over time as a market for pork, Protestant cemetery and place for Jesuits to observe the sky. It also has a macabre past, like Place Bellacour, where public executions were held (via guillotine of course).

A French website has some nice historical images if interested ( There's something to see in Place des Terreaux at all four compass points, which are described accordingly here.

South: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (17th to 18th century former Benedictine convent, restored between 1988-1998)

North: Bartholdi Fountain (late 19th century, sculpted by the same guy who made the Statue of Liberty - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Originally on the West side of the plaza, it was moved to its current location in 1994)

East: Hotel DeVille - Lyon City Hall (built between 1646-1672 and given present facade in 1702)

West: "Massif des Terreaux" (Collection of buildings given its present facade in 1858, and houses shops & galleries today)

There are a number of cafes/restaurants and shops to enjoy in the plaza and surrounding streets. There are also 69 water jets centered in the square, ~ 5 x 14, which can be seen as square sections in the walking space. These can be rotated on and off to squirt water in some symmetrical manner. I've never actually seen them in operation though. This plaza is one of the more famous ones in Lyon, and has a Renaissance flair.
Place de Terreaux
Place de Terreaux
Bartholdi Fountain
Place de Terreaux
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spocklogic says:
Thank you, Melanie, and Lyon is indeed lovely!
Posted on: Apr 18, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Your photos are stunning Brian, such a lovely place.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2016
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Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
must see Sep 26, 2013
location Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France .is a square located in the centre of Lyon, France on the Presqu'île between the Rhône and the Saône, at the foot of the hill of La Croix-Rousse in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon.

it one of the famous area in Lyon it amazing place & if you go there i advice you set in cafe or restaurant & enjoy more in fountain view.

you can stay in this area it cool.

this area also close to the museum arts, close to Lyon City Hall.

the fountain have statue of women & horses called Fontaine Bartholdi .
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