The word "terreaux" describes the old moats and medieval mud ("terre") walls that protected the town up ... More
Des Terreaux Place
The word "terreaux" describes the old moats and medieval mud ("terre") walls that protected the town up to the end of the 16th century. These were filled in to make room for a large square where the town's guillotine was erected. It is the second most important square after Place Bellecour, as it is flanked by Palais Saint Pierre and the Hôtel de Ville (city hall). In 1892, the city council bought a statue from the famous sculptor Bartholdi (of Statue of Liberty fame) which Bordeaux had commissioned then refused.
Place Antonin Poncet is tucked between Place Bellecour and the banks of the Rhône. It is a relatively recent addition
to Lyon's urban squares as it was laid out in 1934 when the Hopital de la Charite was demolished ...
Just behind the busy Avenue Foch, this tranquil square was not always so calm. It was once the site where
protestant canons fired on the Cathedral. The adjacent 18th century Hôtel de Belleval was once the Hôtel de la ...
This square is named after the Dominican convent that stood on the Presqu'ile in the 13th century, until it was
destroyed during the Revolution. The end of the 18th century was not a good time to be a monk ...