Couvent de la Tourette near Lyon

Just what it says on the tin – long story short, I was in a boring lecture on the first Friday of the term (and of 2023 as well) and I was surfing the web, then an ad popped up advertising cheap flights within Europe, so I started looking.
There still are many countries in Europe that I haven’t been to, and after searching for the best deals I decided I’d go to France. Yes, I’d been to France before – on my Paris trip in September 2017. But that was over five years ago, so I decided I’d go again – to Lyon this time!

The advantage of Lyon is that it’s very close to one of Le Corbusier’s most known architectural designs, namely the Couvent de la Tourette in Eveux – a Dominican monastery in the hills just a half-an-hour ride from Lyon’s city centre. The design for the building began in 1953, construction started in 1956 and finished in 1961. In 2016, the monastery was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for being “an outstanding contribution to the modern movement” – among 16 other buildings designed by Le Corbusier.*

You can access my photos from La Tourette and Eveux here, on my (other) Flickr site. To tempt you, I inserted a miniature below:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement. Accessed 21 January 2023.

Published by kotersey

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First in geography, and from the University of Brighton with a Master's in history of design and material culture. Probably drinking iced coffee and thinking about buildings.

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