Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon

News | 26 days ago and 22 hours | Zukic
Below you can see a satellite image of the old districts of the French city of Lyon, on the Saone River. As you can see, some streets run parallel to the river but don't have too many side streets that would connect perpendicularly the other streets. But on this map there are alleys that are hidden from sight. Where are they?
Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon
Use the distance scale at the bottom of the map and you can count that the connecting streets are about 200 meters apart, what means a 2 minute walk, unless you are a 15th century trader carrying a hundred-kilogram silk bale, then you'll pass this distance even slower. Such a walk with silk on back was occupied with great effort, so the merchants started to build a network of tunnels leading through buildings and private courtyards. The oldest tunnels are 400 years old and are still used by residents. With time, these shortcuts began to change into a famous network of passages called traboules. The word comes from Latin trans ambular, which means "to cross". Lyon has over 500 such secret passages.

Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon


Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon


Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon



Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon


Traboule - the hidden passageways in Lyon