Historic Site of Lyons
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 45° 45.675 E 004° 49.616
31T E 642070 N 5069144
Quick Description: Lyon was founded as a Roman colony in 43 BC by Munatius Plancus, a lieutenant of Caesar, on the site of a Gaulish hill-fort settlement called Lug[o]dunon. The Saint-Jean and the Croix-Rousse areas, were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998.
Location: France
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 5:57:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM2A7T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:
Lyon was first named Lughunum meaning the "hill of lights" or "the hill of crows".

Fernand Braudel remarked, "Historians of Lyon are not sufficiently aware of the bi-polarity between Paris and Lyon, which is a constant structure in French development" from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution (Braudel 1984 p. 327). The fairs in Lyon, the invention of Italian merchants, made it the economic countinghouse of France in the late 15th century. When international banking moved to Genoa, then Amsterdam, Lyon simply became the banking centre of France; its new Bourse (treasury), built in 1749, still resembled a public bazaar where accounts were settled in the open air. During the Renaissance, the city developed with the silk trade, especially with Italy; the Italian influence on Lyon's architecture can still be seen. Thanks to the silk trade, Lyon became an important industrial town during the 19th century.

Description taken from Wikipedia.
Type: Site

Reference number: 872

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