Mur des Canuts


Said to be Europe's largest fresco, this magnificent trompe l'oeil shows a slice of daily life among Lyon's residents. The work is packed with intricate details, and nearby signage explains the development of the painting.

The work was created in 1987, but extensively updated to reflect the changing face of the neighbourhood in 1997 and in 2013.

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1. Jardin Rosa Mir

0.27 MILES

The Jardin Rosa Mir is a walled garden decorated with thousands of seashells accessed off a narrow laneway.

2. Maison des Canuts


On a 50-minute guided tour, learn about weavers' labour-intensive life and the industry's evolution, see manual looms in use, and browse the silk boutique…

3. Atelier de Tissage

0.45 MILES

Accessible strictly by guided tour, this wonderful old workshop houses looms that produce large fabrics. It's best visited in conjunction with the nearby…

4. Atelier de Passementerie

0.46 MILES

Preserved for posterity by the Soierie Vivante association, this silk-trimmings workshop functioned until 1979, weaving braids and intricate pictures…

6. Place Sathonay

0.63 MILES

At the foot of Croix Rousse, this tree-shaded square has a small village atmosphere, with its bars, restaurants and cafes.

7. Fresque des Lyonnais

0.68 MILES

Well-known Lyonnais peer out from this beautifully executed seven-storey mural, including loom inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752–1834), Renaissance…

8. Place des Terreaux

0.77 MILES

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…