Place des Celestins, Lyon

4.8
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Place des Terreaux is a square located in the center 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. The square belongs to the zone classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The square has these borders: On the east by the Lyon City Hall On the south by the Palais Saint-Pierre and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon On the west by a building through a gallery On the north by civilian buildings marking the beginning of the slopes of the La Croix-Rousse

The front wall of the squareIn 1206, associations of merchants of Lyon ran to Archbishop Renaud II de Forez, who failed to comply with the charter signed in 1195 by violating the agreements made in respect of taxes on goods. To protect the village of Saint-Nizier from ecclesiastical power, the bourgeois of Lyon then decided to raise a wall at the foot of the hill of Saint-Sébastien (slope of the Croix-Rousse) and a tower on the Saône to control the bridge of the Exchange, which was the sole passage between Saint-Nizier and Saint-Jean (a parish on the west side of the Saône, in Vieux Lyon); de Forez intervened by force of arms in 1208, and peace returned through the intervention of Pope Innocent III.
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  • Place des Celestins is a lovely square. We visited to look at the architecturally wonderful 19th century Theatre des Célestins. It is certainly worth stopping by and it is close to many other...  more »
  • The square itself is rather nice, but the structure in the parking garage structure is quite interesting! From the square walk down the stairs to the parking lot and exit into the parking lot. Walk...  more »

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