The old "Traboules" in Lyon
This could be in an Indiana Jones movie; Did you ever hear about the secret alleyways and staircases of Lyon ?
The 400 so-called traboules once let silk workers go unnoticed from courtyards and through buildings, and though many of them is still closed for the public, you have the opportunity to discover some of them in the Vieux Lyon and Croix Rouge area of the city. Let's go treasurehunting!
But what is a traboule? The word comes from Latin and refers to the small passages between two buildings. This type of architecture is typical of the old Lyon. Renaissance houses are built on top of the medieval city structure, reminiscent of keys on a piano. The original plots were long and narrow, and the streets running parallel.
Due to lack of space, there are very few cross-streets. These so-called "Traboule" made it possible to get from one street to another without having to take a detour. It's a real maze in the middle of Lyon - worth experiencing.