Villeurbanne, life in the Gratte-Ciel district Guided tours Lyon City Card

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Listed as ‘Patrimoine du 20ème siècle’ (20th century heritage) by the French Ministry of Culture, the Gratte-Ciel district has resisted the passing decades to remain a lively part of Villeurbanne. It is one of the ‘Utopies Réalisées’ (achieved utopias), major achievements of twentieth-century architecture, designed to create an architectural and social utopia.
During this guided tour, you will learn about the history of this district and its special architecture.

Built between 1924 and 1934, the Gratte-Ciel district was born of the political will of the mayor, Lazare Goujon, which was fed by modernist utopianism and the American dream of the architect Môrice Leroux.

The Gratte-Ciel district is centred around social housing and includes residential areas, public facilities (including the City Hall), the current Théâtre National Populaire (formerly a venue for operettas), shops and services.
Symbolically, this project was born in the heart of Villeurbanne, during the interwar period, a time when large housing schemes remained rare in France.

During the tour, your tour guide will take you into a reconstructed show apartment, in the heart of the Gratte-Ciel, which will transport you back to the 1930s.

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Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
This visit is not accessible to PMR
Photos are subject to specific authorization
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation

Duration

2h

Kind

Walking guided tour

Access

Metro A > Gratte-Ciel

Meeting point

Place Lazare Goujon, (in front of the TNP) - 69100 Villeurbanne

Prices
Adults €15.00
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children under 8 Free

Achieved Uopias

In and around Lyon, you can visit 5 major architectural achievements of the 20th, known as ‘Utopies Réalisées’: Tony Garnier’s États-Unis, Le Corbusier’s Couvent de la Tourette and Firminy-Vert, Jean Renaudie’s Cité des Étoiles, and, as we have just seen, Môrice Leroux’s Gratte-Ciel!

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