Berges du Rhone, Lyon

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The Berges du Rhône or Quais du Rhône refer to a series of parks, quays, streets and walking paths along the Rhône river in Lyon, France. The construction for the modern Berges du Rhône took place between 2005 and 2007, resulting in the development of 10 hectares of land on the left and right banks of the Rhône from Parc de la Tête d'Or to Parc de Gerland.History of developmentSeveral dams were built during the nineteenth century to prevent flooding on the left bank of the Rhône, in particular the flood of 1856. The Grand Camp dam (digue du Grand Camp) was built in 1859.Modern developmentIn 1984, the Lyon Fair was moved from its original location upstream of the quays of the Rhône near Parc de la Tete d'Or to Chassieu to become the Eurexpo. The vacant land was used to build Cité Internationale, which includes the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, cinemas, an auditorium, the Palais des congrès de Lyon and the global headquarters of Interpol.The modern Berges du RhôneThe modern Berges du Rhône were developed with the aim of creating a space for relaxation and leisure activities including paths for walking and cycling along the Rhône. Space was created by eliminating parking spaces. The developed area covers an area of 10ha, over a distance of 5km, from Parc de la Tête d'Or to Parc de Gerland.
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