The Rue de Gadagne is a paved pedestrian street of the Saint-Jean quarter, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. It extends the rue du Bœuf and ends on the rue Lainerie that leads itself to the Place Saint-Paul. It is located in the center of Vieux Lyon and is part to the area which includes a mosaic of squares : Place du Change, Place du Petit Collège and Place de la Baleine in the extension of rue Saint-Jean. The street belongs to the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is served by buses 29-30-31-44-184, a metro station (Vieux-Lyon - Cathédrale Saint-Jean, line D) and three velo'v stations.
In 1317, the street was called rue de Boissette after the name of a big house "La Boissette", then in 1493 rue tendant du Puits de la Porcherie à la Grande Maison de Pierre de Pompério, then in 1530, the rue Pierre-Vive or Pierrevive (the street is attested under this name in 1550), the name of an old Piemontese family which had moved to Lyon in the late fifteenth century. Treasurer General of France Charles Pierrevive lived in the street. Between 1511 and 1525, his descendants did build two twin mansions who were later turned into museums : the Musée historique de Lyon and the Musée international de la marionnette (i.e. the current Musée Gadagne, built in 1493).
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