Lyon Taboules

Interior courtyard

Interior courtyard

Lyon’s most unique feature is its intricate system of passageways. Over 300 taboules, or secret passages, run through apartment blocks into sunny courtyards and dark alleyways and underground.

Some were long and dark

Typical taboule

Angelo in a taboule

Angelo in a sunny taboule

Some date from Roman times, but most were constructed by silk weavers in the 19th century to transport the delicate material in inclement weather. They ended up coming in handy during WWII.

Leading into an open courtyard

Leading up an outdoor staircase

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