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The traboules of la Croix Rousse hill and... the Silk workshops

Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France.

The "canuts" or slik-workers used to live in the Croix-Rousse hill. The "traboules" were very important for them. You will see just why!

History is everywhere on the bustling slopes of the Croix-Rousse: here you will find the ruins of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre where the first Christians died as martyrs. 

You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30,000 silk weavers lived in the 19th century.

Then, choose between 3 options:

  • The silk-printing workshop (2h) 
    Professionals show you how screen printing is done and you will be given a demonstration of painting by hand on a length of silk velvet.
  • The Silk Workers' House (La Maison des Canuts) (2h or 3h) 
    Watch the demonstration on looms used in days gone-by and see the sumptuous figured drill fabrics and Genoa velvets were made.
    Discover the silk-worm's life cycle, the contribution made by silk-workers to social life in the 19th century and the present-day realities of textile industries in the Rhone-Alpes area today.
  • The living silk trimmings workshop (Soierie Vivante) (2h)
    Discover the silk-workers' daily life by visiting a real weavers' workshop kept going by the Living Silk-work Association with its kitchen, its attic and its mechanical looms. (groups of 25 at the most. Admission payable on arrival) 
  • The famous people of Lyon mural (2h)
    Down the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill, cross the Place des Terreaux, with the City hall, the Fine Arts Museum and Bartholdi's fountain to get to the "Famous people of Lyon mural", where you can see, side-byside, portraits of the great men who made the name of Lyon.

practical information


A la carte group rate quotes available on request to the Guide Bureau 
Online or at +33(0)4 72 77 72 33 or at

The extra entrance fees required for certain visits are to be paid directly on arrival (Atelier de Soierie, Maison des Canuts, Soierie Vivante).

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