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The weekend takes place in 'Le Grand Lyon' - the metropolitan Lyon area with suburbs as Vaulx-en-Velin and Villeurbanne.


Lyon is situated in east-central France, at the confluence of the rivers Rhone and Saône, approximately 470 kilometres (292 miles) from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) from Marseille, 420 km (261 mi) from Strasbourg, 160 km (99 mi) from Geneva and 280 km (174 mi) from Turin.
It is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region

Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, the 'Grand Lyon', Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France with a population of ca 2.200.000 inhabitants.

The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk. In 1752 Joseph Marie Jacquard was born in Lyon: he invented the first programmable loom (the "Jacquard loom"), which later in turn played an important role in the development of other programmable machines
Lyon also has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented the cinematographe in Lyon.

Lyon is a town with a rich industrial and technical history,
withnessed by many places to see and visit
(click on the map)

industrial heritage in Lyon - map

  • museums of science and industry in the Rhone-Alpes region
  • its textile heritage
  • its bridges
  • public services: water and hydro-electricity
  • town planning and adaptive re-use
  • modernism
  • links (most texts are in French)



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European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year
Année européenne du patrimoine industriel et technique
Jahr des Industriellen und Technischen Erbes
Anno del Patrimonio Industriale e Tecnico Europeo
Año Europeo del Patrimonio Industrial y Técnico

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