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In the heart of Lyon's 2nd District (69002), the Perrache neighborhood is symbolized by the eponymous train station that has itself long been the symbol of railway traffic in Lyon. Today largely replaced by the Part-Dieu train station, Perrache has become the hub of Lyon's public transport network, with subway line A connecting with tramway lines T1 and T2 and TCL bus lines. The station, whose classical architecture opened directly onto Place Carnot, from which it was separated by a tree-lined walkway perfect for leisurely strolls, was transformed into a vast roadway interchange in the 1970s, with the A6 Freeway entering (and exiting) the Fourviere Tunnel and connections to urban transport lines. 

In the vicinity, towards Bellecour, Place Carnot is always there, even if it has lost its presence with the arrival of this modern complex. Lazare Carnot dedicated by her grand-son Sadi Carnot, stabbed by an Italian anarchist Sante Caserio, 24 June 1894, when he came to Lyon to inaugurate the statue of the Republic, it was drawn up under the First Wins Empire before taking the names of successive sovereigns, then called up for Freedom, the Republic, Napoleon, Perrache and Carnot in 1889. At its center marked by a statue of the Republic it was still in the 1950s at the center of a small curiosity that loved Lyonnais submit their guests by mentioning "The Place Carnot, where you can see the statue of the Republic and the Republic Square where you can see the statue of Carnot! . The subway under the street of the Republic has seemingly marked the end of it and it is difficult to trace him.

Gare de Perrache itself deserves a few comments. One of the first French railway stations, on the first railway in the world: the Lyon-Saint-Etienne, it was built in 1860. In the 1970s the mayor of Lyon Louis Pradel decided to build this space for the benefit of the Paris-Marseille on one side with the tunnel under Fourvière and the other banks of the Rhône. This will result in the construction of this interchange, and imposing gray building from which it passes before entering the tunnel under Fourviere. The controversy was quickly captured by this organization to say the least. The bus station is, however, with its roof garden where you have an interesting view on Lyon.

The southern part of the district to the confluence of two rivers has long been marked by the facilities of the wholesale market and the prisons of St. Paul and St. Joseph. Today it is changing with the development project of the confluence, major urban project that will span 25 years. This project aims to exploit this area for better development of the two rivers with a focus on leisure-oriented culture and restaurants. The Municipal Archives of Lyon have already installed by 2001 in the old postal sorting center in the 19th century and the place of the Archives will be a great pedestrian area, where communication access to the station. The future Confluences Museum, a project of the General Council of the Rhône, with an area of over 20,000 m², will be located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône to present the major scientific, ethical and social issues. Finally, the displacement of the Hotel de la Région Rhône-Alpes, Charbonnières currently located, is already scheduled for installation in 2009 in buildings of 38 000 m² located on the course Charlemagne.

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