La Route de la Soie
6 Place Bellecour
+33 4 7277 6969 (Tourist Information)
France started importing silk in the 15th century and in the 16th century Lyon was chosen as the place where silk manufacturing would be based. J.M. Jacquard invented a new loom at the end of the 18th century and all the silk workers, known locally as "canuts," moved into one area: Croix-Rousse. Special buildings were constructed on the hill to house the bulky looms. In some flats in the Croix-Rousse, you can still see these very narrow huts that were built below the ceilings of the former workshops. Contact the Tourist Office for guided tour information.