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Today, Lyon's "University district" is in fact a university with several campuses or centers spread throughout the city and its nearby suburbs. Until the 1950s and 1960s the departments of Arts, Sciences and Law were located in buildings on the left bank of the Rhone built around the Pont de l'Université (‘University Bridge') and the street of the same name in the 7th District of Lyon (69007). Only the medical school was located near the main hospital in Grange Blanche, today known as Edouard Herriot Hospital.

These buildings have kept all their time stamp and the spectacle offered by the night lights of their upper parts is interesting to discover in the foreground with the bed of the Rhone. Now occupied by part of the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 they are the witnesses of university life in Lyon. University Lyon 3 has now shared between the origin and location of the border of the 7th and 8th arrondissements (69008) in buildings known as the "Manufacturer of tobacco," because they are the result of special processing successful of which was a manufacturer of tobacco and whose architecture has been remarkably preserved and embellished. University Lyon 2 on it was split between the district and location in Bron, immediate neighboring municipality to the east of Lyon. The Faculty of Science led in turn to the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 installed in the 60 years on the La Doua campus in Villeurbanne, near the Tête d'Or and which includes medical studies in which the Rockefeller implantation (Grange Blanche) is part and other CHU de Lyon (South Lyon).

This historical, linked to the neighborhood that we discover, to remind that these universities are part of a group now called Pôle de Recherche and d'Enseignement Supérieur de Lyon (PRES) that goes well beyond the three universities mentioned above with a large number of schools but also from Lyon Saint-Etienne, opening a regional dynamic. The activity of research and higher education has also developed in the southern part of the borough in the district of Gerland in full renovation: Ecole Normale Supérieure, laboratories with a multidisciplinary approach to the life sciences and health . Doctors Charles et Christophe Mérieux, historical figures of biological research in Lyon, are present in the memory of this area.

We can not discuss the district of Gerland in its developments to become a major research center not to mention the Gerland oldest and still existing with its football stadium, which is soon replaced by another stage larger and more modern and Hall Tony Garnier. The latter, now well known to fans of shows, is a building that deserves to be stopped for a moment on its history. The original cattle market and slaughterhouse its construction was approved in 1905 by Edouard Herriot who entrusted the architect to Tony Garnier. Construction, which was made in the years preceding the 1914 war, when the buildings were used for the manufacture of arms, the ammunition depot and the quartering of troops. It was finally in 1928 that inaugurated the cattle market and slaughterhouse. These facilities were more in line with technical developments and growing urbanization displacement occurred in 1960-70. Finally it was not until 1988 that the transformation and restoration of the hall was decided and carried out into the theater we know today.

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