Temple du Change

Coordinates: 45°45′52″N 4°49′41″E / 45.7645°N 4.8280°E / 45.7645; 4.8280
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Temple du Change
Facade of the church
District5th arrondissement of Lyon
LocationLyon, France
Geographic coordinates45°45′52″N 4°49′41″E / 45.7645°N 4.8280°E / 45.7645; 4.8280
Architect(s)Jacques-Germain Soufflot
Completed17th century

The Temple du Change or Loge du Change, formerly used for the stock exchange of Lyon, stands in Vieux Lyon (5th arrondissement of Lyon). It was originally built after plans by architect Simon Gourdet between 1631 and 1653, then rebuilt under the direction of Jacques-Germain Soufflot in 1748–1750.[1][2] It has been assigned to Protestant worship since 1803, hence its designation Temple. As part of Vieux Lyon, the building was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other districts in the historic centre of Lyon.[3]


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[4] 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.[5] Minor changes were made throughout the nineteenth century, particularly on the interior and the furnishings.

Rooftop view of the temple

In December 1999, the city of Lyon and the Renaissance du Vieux Lyon added two clocks on the facade. The clock on the right was already there when the building was constructed and has a traditional dial, which indicates hours and minutes. In contrast, the dial on the left is more surprising because it marks days, months and years.[6] For a time in the mid nineteenth century, the Loge du Change was scheduled to be rebuilt as a new place of worship because there were 10,000 Protestants in Lyon, and the Temple du Change was too small for them[7] (it can accommodate 600 people).[8]

The building was classified a monument historique in 1913[9] and hosts many concerts.[10]


  1. ^ Perez, Marie-Félicie; Ternois, Daniel (1982). L'œuvre de Soufflot à Lyon (in French). Presses Universitaires de Lyon. ISBN 2-7297-0134-6.
  2. ^ "Jacques-Germain Soufflot, architecte du temple du Change". Le Progrès (in French). Le Progrès. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Historic Site of Lyon". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Histoires de Lyon — La loge du change" (in French). Lyon Photos. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Lyon : le temple du Change" (in French). Huguenots France. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Au fil du temps > Architecture > Loge du Change" (in French). Vieux Lyon. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  7. ^ Dufieux, Philippe; Leniaud, Jean-Michel (2004). Le mythe de la primatie des Gaules (in French). p. 154.
  8. ^ Delétra, François-David; Arnoux, Alain (2006). Voyage à pied à travers le Vivarais et le Velay en 1841 (in French). p. 43.
  9. ^ Base Mérimée: Temple protestant (ancienne loge maçonnique du Change), Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  10. ^ "Les protestants à Lyon, entre mémoire et avenir" (in French). Points d'actu. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2009.

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