Ever heard of the ‘Pennons’? Here’s a quick look back at their history:
In 1320, the Archbishop of Lyon granted Lyon’s bourgeoisie the right to guard the city gates and maintain order within its walls. Hence the Pennons – a group of civilians that guarded and patrolled the city’s neighbourhoods – were born.
Today, the vocation is festive rather than military, with an event that brings Renaissance Lyon back to life!
This year, Fête Renaissance celebrates one of Lyon’s local traditions – printing. In fact, Lyon is proud to be the place where the first book in French was printed, all the way back in 1478!
On the programme: a procession and activities beginning on Place Bellecour and ending at Place des Terreaux on Thursday the 24th of May, plus a lively weekend in the Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) district, with fencing, shows, encampments, concerts, dances, period games and more.
Vieux-Lyon will be living up to its name more than ever before!
See the full programme here