Place des Terreaux
Hôtel de Ville
The Hôtel de Ville, fronting the place des Terreaux was built in 1655 but was given its present ornate façade in 1702. When Daniel...
Musée des Beaux-Arts
This stunning and eminently manageable museum showcases France's finest collection of sculptures and paintings outside of Paris from...
Rue Ste-Catherine was Lyon's rue de la soif (thirst street), but the scene has largely shifted to Vieux Lyon. Bars that are still good...
Self-taught Lyonnaise mère , Josiane, takes pride that 'people come to eat as if at home or at their parents' house'. Translation: the...
Place des Terreaux information
Lonely Planet review
The centrepiece of the Presqu'île's beautiful central square is a 19th-century fountain made of 21 tonnes of lead and sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (of Statue of Liberty fame). The four horses pulling the chariot symbolise rivers galloping seawards. The Hôtel de Ville fronting the square was built in 1655 but was given its present ornate facade in 1702. When Daniel Buren's polka-dot 'forest' of 69 granite fountains (embedded in the ground across much of the square) are on, join the kids in a mad dash as the water dances up, down, disappears for a second and gushes back again.