The Place des Jacobins is a square located in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. It was created in 1556 and a fountain was added in 1856. The square belongs to the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. According to Jean Pelletier, this square is one of the most famous in Lyon, because of its location in the center of the 2nd arrondissement and its heavy traffic, as 12 streets lead here. The square, particularly its architecture and its features, has changed its appearance many times throughout years.
In 1740, the square was called Place Confort which then absorbed the rue des Alards in 1556, named after a rich family who owned buildings in the neighborhood. In 1782, it became the Place des Jacobins, then, in 1794, was renamed Place de la Fraternité. After changing its name twice — Place de la Préfecture in 1858, then Place de l'Impératrice in 1868 —, it was renamed Place des Jacobins in February 1871. The current name of the square comes from the Jacobins, also named religious Preachers of the Order of St. Dominic, who occupied the building on the southern side of the square from 1296. These Dominicans were called Jacobins when Philippe Auguste gave them a building in Paris and the brothers went on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (Jacobus in Latin).
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Jador | Jan 9, 2018
Beautiful space to chill You can have a snack, have coffee, or do some shopping at exquisite boutiques surrounding the 'place'. At night its almost magical
Julia P | Jan 31, 2018
Beautiful place with loads of famous stores. Great to shop or just walk without any worries.
Michael Guajardo | Dec 22, 2017
Love the square. Such a lovely place to sit down, eat a snack, read a book, people watch, or hang out with friends.
Borut Strlič | Dec 12, 2017
A square worth seeing with a lot of stores and bars around it.
Garth Drury | Dec 12, 2017
One of the most interesting squares of Lyon.
Saffron Barlow | Mar 8, 2018
Really beautiful day or night. Plus the locals regularly do cool things to the fountain to make it an interesting feature piece for certain events.
Camilla Haugen | Mar 11, 2018
Big fountain, nice architecture and a café where you can sit down and watch people go by while eating or just having a drink.
P B | May 11, 2018
One of the prettiest sites in Lyon to just sit and admire throughout the day and night. You can either sit around the fountain itself and enjoy it, or at the bar across the way and sip on a coffee or beer and take it all in. This is one of the most simple, yet detailed fountains in the city.
Chris McAlpine | May 28, 2018
Beautiful city square just a block away from a large park and fountain.
Laura Merlo | Jun 2, 2018
Beautiful square in the centre of Lyons presquille
Irina FEDORENCO | Jul 11, 2018
Un lieu de grande attraction touristique, magnifique en toute saison
Pierre Lannel | Jun 16, 2018
Great place for a lunch break. 👌
Criss Mendez | Jul 16, 2018
Most beautiful fountain in lyon
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