CROIX ROUSSE SLOPES ON THE SÂONE RIVER SIDE OFFER GREAT VIEWS OVER THE TOWN!
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From the Croix-Rousse square (Metro station Croix-Rousse),we headed towards the Sâone river on the west side of the Boulevard de la Croix Rousse built under Napoléon III's reign instead of a path running alongside the former ramparts of Lyon.Till mid-XIX,this path was the border between Lyon and the Croix-Rousse commune,nowadays it is the edge between the Plateau and the Slopes.
There are not many sights there except Le Clos Jouve ,one of the largest bowl court in Lyon (we didn't stop to kiss its Fanny) but heading down after a left-turn to the foot of the slopes by the Montée de la Butte, one can see the Fort Saint- Jean( XVI to XIX),one of the remains of Lyon fortifications and on the left bank of the Sâone river,LE GRENIER d'ABONDANCE(the Grenary of Abondance).
And a bit further on the Quai St Vincent LES SUBSISTANCES (military supplies) housing in the 22,000 sqm of a former XVII convent and army barracks an International creative research laboratory dedicated to theatre,dance and contemporary circus,and the School of fine arts of Lyon not forgetting a restaurant.
Going up the slope by the Montée de la Butte or the close rue de la Muette,one reach the Cours Général Giraud( formerly Cours des Chartreux),the continuation of the Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse where stands now the Lycée Diderot (in the past the reliable Weaving School designed and supervised by Tony Garnier, and attended for 3 years by my dead brother) and
above all LE JARDIN DES CHARTREUX 36 Cours du Général Giraud,a lovely and quiet garden UNRECOGNIZED by many Lyon people though allowing impressive views on the Sâone river and Lyon city (see my upcoming review!).
The lower part of the garden faces the 365- WINDOW HOUSE
or Maison Brunet on the Place ROUVILLE.This building is a typical example of canut silk workers residence.Famous in Lyon for its 365 windows(in fact there are 378 of them).
It is known for its cosmological connotations and features 52 apartments as there are weeks in the year and 4 entrances as there are seasons.