Photographer's Note

The Cour des Voraces is a courtyard in one of the buildings of the Croix-Rousse area I told you about a while ago. It is famous for its massive staircase (pictures to come but you can have a look _here_ and it can be spotted on the map too). It was built in the first half of the XIXe century.

Actually, this place is one of the famous traboules of Lyon which are half-hidden passageways allowing you to go straight from one street to another. Those traboules date back from when the buildings of the silk craftsmen were made. Those people were called Les Canuts. The passageways allowed workers and craftsmen to carry sheets and other pieces of textile (mainly silk though) throughout the city while remaining protected from bad weather.
This courtyard is said to have been a shelter for the Canuts (a group of those were named "Les Voraces" (The Voracious) hence the name...)during their uprising in 1849 and 1849.

More recently in 1995, the social housing organization Habitat et Humanisme (which translates roughly as 'Housing & Humanism') bought the place back and renovated the place that became - in the true spirit of the Canuts - a symbol for social housing.

The Cour des Voraces is listed as a historical monument.

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