Temple du Change

Lyon, France

The Temple du Change or Loge du Change, formerly used for the stock exchange of Lyon, was originally built after plans by architect Simon Gourdet between 1631 and 1653. It was then rebuilt under the direction of Jacques-Germain Soufflot in 1748-1750. It has been assigned to Protestant worship since 1803, hence its designation Temple.

The first Loge du Change was a small classical building with four arches in front and two on each side. It soon became insufficient for Lyon's money exchange, but was not renovated before 1748.

Soufflot provided plans and elevations for its repair, performed by Jean-Baptiste Roche, an architect he had himself introduced. The flanking terraced houses were torn down, which provided the opportunity to significantly enlarge the building, which has a fifth arch in front, providing, instead of a central pier, a central bay as classical usage demands. Behind the façade rises a large room, as high and wide as the building. It is rectangular with an imperial-styled roof supported on four massive pillars. The first-floor facade was completely rebuilt in Soufflot's uncompromising neoclassical style, unusual for the epoch.

During the French Revolution, the building was abandoned. It became an inn for a moment, before being assigned to the Protestants in 1803. Minor changes were made throughout the nineteenth century, particularly on the interior and the furnishings.

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    joli joli (7 months ago)
    Not bad...
    Toyese OYEGOKE (15 months ago)
    It is the old stock exchange house before. Which is now a church where Pentecostals worship and the international Christian community of Lyon meets weekly for several cults and Bible studies in English. Try visiting. This the former stock exchange house before. Which is now a Church where Pentecostals worship and international Christian community in Lyon do meet weekly for several worship service and Bible study in English. Try to visit.
    Sébastien Lafoy (2 years ago)
    Beautiful temple from the outside. Interior not very beautiful, looks more like a theater than a room of prayer
    Guillaume (2 years ago)
    Temple protestant. Il embelli la place et l'intérieur est mignon. Il est cependant beaucoup plus humble que la Cathédrale et la Basilique.
    Pierre Henri Drevon (2 years ago)
    Très beau temple. Hyper sobre évidemment...
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