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Salle 3 - Renaissance carolingienne - 9e / 10e siècles

Salle 3 - Renaissance carolingienne - 9e / 10e siècles

© musées Gadagne


Rooms 2 and 3

During Antiquity, the Lyon site comprised :

  • Lugdunum, the Roman colony on Fourvière Hill,
  • Condate, a Gaul town at the foot of la Croix-Rousse,
  • Canabae, a warehouse district on the peninsula,
  • Vesia, an important Gallo-Roman urban community located to the north-west (Vaise).

At the end of Antiquity, when the Roman Empire was declining, the town closed in along the banks of the Saône. This was where a new power emerged during the 4th century, namely the Church.

Up to the 9th century, the town hugged the right bank of the Saône with tiny communities dotted here and there on the hillsides and a narrow band along the left bank.

Sainte Blandine

The martyrs

In the early days of Christianity, Christians who refused to pay homage to the Emperor were periodically persecuted by the Imperial Roman Empire. In 177, among the 48 Lyons martyrs, two in particular stand out : Blandine and Pothin