Objectif Lyon : Bellecour square 

Presqu'île

Bellecour square
Trinity chapel
Town hall
Saint-Pierre palace
Jacobins square
Mercière street
Saint-Nizier church
Lyon opera house
Célestins theater
Hotel Dieu
Palais du commerce

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Bellecour square and the Fourvière hill
Bellecour square and the Fourvière hill

During the middle-age that area was a swamp until the archi-bishop of Lyon turned it into a garden surrounded by a wall. Then the king Henry IV bought that garden and his son Louis XIII transformed it into a square. In 1714, the statues created by Desjardins were installed (Only the Saône and the Rhône allegories remain).

The Saône allegory   The Rhône allegory
The Saône and the Rhône Allegories

During the Revolution the first Louis XIV statue was destroyed, as well as some of the buildings surrounding the area. During the Napoleon reign, the buildings were rebuilt and a new statue of Louis XIV was installed during the Restauration period.

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