Rue Victor Hugo, Lyon

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Rue Victor-Hugo is a pedestrian street in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, in the Ainay district of the Presqu'île quarter, reputed to be one of the most known shopping area of Lyon. From north to south, it connects the Place Bellecour to the Place Carnot. Beyond the Place Bellecour, the rue de la République is its natural extension, thus creating one of the biggest pedestrian streets in Europe. The street is served by metro stations Perrache, Bellecour and Ampère - Victor Hugo. It belongs to the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.DescriptionThere are mainly cafeterias, restaurants, shops, services and hotels. In its center, it includes a pedestrian square with trees, the Place Ampère which gave, with the street itself, the name of the metro station it serves, Ampère - Victor Hugo.The street is mostly surrounded by three to six-floor buildings of the 19th century. There are two older houses on corners of the rue Sainte-Hélène and the rue Jarente. Most doors have beautiful sculptures and decorations (heads of lions, snakes...).HistoryThe street should have been named rue d'Euripide and rue du Caire, but these names were ultimately never used. It was first named rue de la Direction, then Grande rue Royale, and was named rue de Bourbon in September 1816 as tribute to Lyon alderman Jacques Bourbon. Planned in 1775 by Perrache and drawn during the First Empire, it would allow the emperor to see the equestrian statue of Louis XIV located on the place Bellecour from his palace whose construction was scheduled at the Confluence. The street met place Bellecour in 1841 and the digging of the road was eventually completed in 1842. Since its inception, it sheltered aristocracy of Lyon. The street was renamed rue de la République from 1848 to 1852 before retook its original name. Its current name was assigned by the deliberation of the municipal council on 26 May 1885.
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  • another fine example of the heritage and culture here in Lyon. It opens up the whole Victor Hugo story.  more »
  • Our apartment was just around the corner from Rue Victor-Hugo and Place Ampère. It is great for transport links as it runs from Place Carnot, which has trams, trains and metro, to Place Bellecour...  more »

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