As in Marseille and Bordeaux, the Intercontinental Hotel in Lyon is the third hotel to be housed in a beautiful historic building, the Grand Hotel Dieu.
Jacques-Germain Soufflot, a young achitecte, drew up the plans and work began in 1741 but quickly stopped due to a lack of money.
Unfortunately the first statues were destroyed but 2 new ones were made during the 19th century created by the sculptors Prost and Charles.
In the middle Ages, the construction of the floor gave the shape and appearance of the ceiling
Against all odds, the initial plans were changed and the Dôme was less imposing and less decorative than Soufflot had imagined.
As with the overall design, I used the history of the site to redesign it as this place was a chapel.
Until the First World War, Hôtel-Dieu governed itself financially and this could be seen in different ways.
The time of development is the same required to complete collection wich you can see for Ligne Roset at "maison et objets"
The restaurant takes its name from the Gallic goddess EPONA: patron of horses and travellers.
The new Hôtel-Dieu was built between 1622 and 1637 and followed the” plan des 4 rangs”.
There is a well in each courtyard. This one dates from the 18th century. We call it a “pompe fontaine” or water pump
This is the oldest part of the Hôtel Dieu and surely the most beautiful courtyard.
In 1841, this courtyard became the kitchen courtyard, with areas reserved for nannies, children and pregnant women.
Click on image to enlarge. The start of the visit is infront of the hotel.
InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu
Tél : +33 (0) 4 26 99 23 23
20 Quai Jules Courmont