Rue du Sergent Blandan

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The Rue du Sergent Blandan is one of the oldest streets of Lyon. It connects Saint Vincent and the slopes of the Croix-Rousse quarters, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon. The street starts rue Pareille, runs along the Place Sathonay, crosses the rue Hippolyte Flandrin, the rue Louis Vitet and the rue du Terme, and becomes the rue des Capucins just after the square of the same name. The street belongs to the zone classified World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is named in reference to Jean Pierre Hippolyte Blandan, who participated in the conquest of Algeria.

Description and architecture

The street is narrow and winding and ends with a short climb and a paved ground. To the north, the odd numbers side begins with a 1912 school, then there are three to five-floor old 17th-century buildings decorated with beautiful doorsteps, generally with stone arches; in front, there are also 20th-century buildings.<ref name="Rues">Template:Cite web</ref> For example, the doorstep at No. 8 shows a fight between a lion and a bull. The No. 12 and 22 have respectively ancient inscriptions that say "en toy te fie" and "non domo dominus, sed domino domus", a quote from chapter 39 of Cicero's De officiis.<ref name="Meynard">Template:Cite book</ref>


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The plaque indicates that the street is the ancient route of the Rhine.

Originally, there was probably a Roman bridge, and a street sign indicates that it is the ancient route of the Rhine.<ref name="Rues"/>

The current form of the street dates back at least to the end of the seventeenth century. Until 1887, it was called rue Saint-Marcel, while the part near the Saône was called rue Musique des Anges.<ref name="Valette">Template:Cite book</ref> The name "Saint-Marcel" was chosen after a former anchorite and a former gate of the city.

At the time, the street provided access to two major climbs to leave Lyon to the north, the montée de la Grande Côte and the montée des Carmélites. There were two monasteries located in the street: the Benedictines of the Desert since 1296, and the Grands Augustins between 1319 and 1509, but these monasteries have moved.<ref name="Rues"/> The Confraternity of Penitents of the Holy Crucifix was installed in the street in 1633, and, during the Ancien Regime, was the owner of the chapel rebuilt in 1643<ref name="Valette"/> which was demolished during the Reign of Terror and replaced by a house that currently overlooks the montée de la Grande Côte.<ref name="Meynard"/>

The street was eventually named with its current name after the deliberation of the municipal council on 26 April 1887.

In 1804, the first Jacquard loom was installed in the street. Circa 1981, Radio Canut was housed at No. 24. On 8 February 2005, the city of Lyon installed a plaque as tribute to Jewish children of the school who were deported and killed during the Second World War.<ref name="Rues"/> Among the famous inhabitants of the street, there are the painters Jacques Collet (1557) and Jean Montet (1785), and the designer Martin François (1887).<ref name="Meynard"/> The father of artist Paul Chenavard was dyer in the rue Saint-Marcel.<ref name="Valette"/>

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