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Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

1. Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the incredible story behind the scenes of the former City of Silk and the difficult lives of the silk workers. Admire one of the most beautiful painted walls in Lyon: the "canuts" fresco. The largest trompe l'oeil work in Europe, it is representative of life in the Canuts district, a silk workers' district in the 19th century. As you experience Croix-Rousse and its special atmosphere, your guide unfolds the history and anecdotes of the silk workers, the canuts and their difficult living conditions. You'll cross gardens with planted mulberry trees, the favorite food of silkworms! You'll learn how silk thread is made and discover typical popular architecture of the 1850's. It was here in the traboules that the Canuts revolts of the 19th century started, inspiring great trends of social movements in France. Lyon was actually once a Roman city, and not just any city. Since it was the capital of the Gauls, you can see the ruins of the 1st century amphitheater which could accommodate 20,000 people on the itinerary. At the bottom of Croix Rousse, walk through the historical and more elegant streets where the rich silk workers used to live. Silk manufacturing continues here with the Atelier de Moirage and other scientific labs to save silkworms from diseases. The tour ends at the Maison Tolozan, a trading house, with warehouses and workshops from where the rolls of silk woven by the canuts arrived for shipping on the nearby river.

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What people are saying about Mur des Canuts

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 10 reviews

This is our first experience with the audio guide and we were delighted. We benefited from a very good quality guided tour which allowed us to discover Lyon and its history at a very competitive price. My 12 year old daughter found this experience very enriching. Many thanks to everyone who made this project possible.

Really enjoyed the “you are there” feeling of this tour and it’s cost-effectiveness. But beware the battery drain on your phone. You should have a separate power bank to accomodate the power draw of constant GPS pinging

Wifi was slow and unavailable during some parts of the walk. Customer serviice for both get your guide and rewind was great, allowed us ultimately to access the walk. Information given on the walk was very intwrestiny

Excellent tour. Great to go at our own pace. Very well organized tour. The map helps the navigation. Learned a lot about Lyon.