Wednesday, May 29, 2019


A view of sunset in Lyon as seen from the left bank of the Rhône looking onto the lavish Grand-Hôtel-Dieu. The site has undergone transformations and expansions through the centuries. At first a refuge and meeting place for traveling clergy during the Middle Ages, it became an important hospital opened to the public in the 15th century. Interestingly, the 16th century French monk, doctor, and humanist, Rabelais, authored La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel during his appointment there. The building's white stone façade and dome were achieved in the 18th century. The impressive landmark is the largest historical monument in Lyon, and is now a luxury hotel and a trend-setting commercial and business center. In the background is the 19th-century Gothic Revival basilica, Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Photo courtesy of Ian Byrd.

©2019 P. B. Lecron

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