The Antiquaille district

The Antiquaille district, Lyon 5

The Antiquaille is located on Fourvière hill, not far from the Basilica, the Roman theatres and the Gallo-Roman museum. Before becoming a well-known local hospital, it was the site of a sumptuous residence built by a local dignitary, Pierre Sala, who named it “Anticaille” in reference to the Roman ruins discovered on site. The building became a Visitandine convent before being taken over by the city authorities and converted into a poor house in the 19th Century then into a speciality hospital a century later. It closed down in 2003 and now houses private flats, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a museum. Antiquaille was Lyon’s first hospital to be reintegrated into the city fabric.