Chapelle de la Trinité

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Chapelle de la Trinité
Chapelle de la Trinité (Lyon) - façade.jpg
Facade of the building
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
District2nd arrondissement of Lyon
LocationLyon, France
Geographic coordinates45°45′56″N 4°50′14″E / 45.7655°N 4.8372°E / 45.7655; 4.8372Coordinates: 45°45′56″N 4°50′14″E / 45.7655°N 4.8372°E / 45.7655; 4.8372

The Chapelle de la Trinité is a Roman Catholic chapel located at 29-31 rue de la Bourse, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, France. It is the first church in baroque style built in Lyon and is classified as historic monument.[1]


It is created by the architect Étienne Martellange, a Jesuit brother who introduced architectural models of the Counter-Reformation in Lyon. Built between 1617 and 1622, the chapel is located within the building of the Grand Collège, under the direction of the Jesuits since 1567. It was devoted to college students. It was consecrated in 1622 by Francis de Sales and was classified as monument historique in 1939, and was named "La Perle Baroque". However, it lost its furnitures throughout the time.[2] The decor is very refined with coatings of Carrara marble.[1]

Until September 1799, the chapel served as a barracks. In 1801, the First Consul was there proclaimed President of the Italian Republic.[3]

Thomas Blanchet, Horace le Blanc, Magnan and Pierre David are the sculptors or painters whose works can be seen in the chapel. There are often patrimonial visits, haute couture shows, seminars and charity work in the chapel. About 30,000 people visit it each year.[4]

In the 1990s, the City of Lyon, the Grand Lyon and the State decided to restore the chapel. It was illuminated by 12 chandeliers, similar to those of the seventeenth century.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "La Chapelle de la Trinité" (in French). Culture Lyon. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Chapelle de la Trinité de Lyon — La "Perle Baroque"" (in French). Evene. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  3. ^ Boudon, Jacques-Olivier (2004). Napoléon et les lycées: enseignement et société en Europe au début du siècle (in French). p. 64.
  4. ^ "La chapelle de la Trinité — Présentation" (in French). La Chapelle Lyon. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  5. ^ "La perle baroque de l'architecture lyonnaise" (in French). Fondation Patrimoine Mecenat. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009.