France Terreaux square

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Frédéric Monin

About this spot
The square ofTerreaux is a place located in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, on the peninsula between the Rhone and Saone, at the foot of the Croix-Rousse hill. It’s on the Rhone side of this square that the city hall of Lyon is located.
Similarly, in the center of the square, opposite the town hall, the ediles inaugurate September 22, 1892 an allegorical fountain of the Garonne made by Bartholdi. Commissioned initially by the Bordeaux City Council in 1857, the carved group called "Char triomphal de la Garonne" represented the Garonne and its four tributaries flowing into the ocean, the whole being symbolized by a woman leading a quadriga. Following the Exposition Universelle of 1889, the monument, which had become too expensive for Bordeaux, was bought in 1890 by the mayor of Lyon, Antoine Gailleton.
This fountain has become the same type as the Basilica of Fourvière or Hotel Dieu, a symbol of the city of Lyon. It was renovated between 2016 and 2018 and returned to water in March 2018.

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