The park

The park covers about 70 hectares and has multiple owners. The forest and the meadows both cover half of the surface and the park is surrounded by walls. It has acquired its romantic shape under the leadership of its various owners, from the XVI to the XIX century and has been the summer residence of the family of the botanist Mark Antony Claret during the XVIII century.

Mark Antony Claret created the first botanical garden in Guillotière neighbourhood (Lyon) and used the park of La Tourette as a laboratory in which he grew new plants reaching France after the great expeditions and the royal policy changes. Claret de la Tourette was considered as one of the greatest botanists of the area among Jussieu, Commerson and Pepper.

The original spatial organization of ​​La Tourette was profoundly affected by the construction of Le Corbusier convent. The design of the park is inspired by anglo-chinese gardens. Several landscape installations can be found within the park such as a theater of plants, a terrace, a cave, a cooler and an ancient Greek temple.

In the western Lyon, a lot of people come here to walk and wander through the trees and appreciate the great diversity of plant and animal species.


Who are we ?

The priory Holy Mary of La Tourette houses a Dominican community of twelve friars. Coming to the convent is about sharing experiences in harmony exchanging with visitors.


Your stay

You are most welcome to stay as long as you want. Come and visit us for an unforgettable and unusual stay. Rooms must be booked in advance.


Guided tours

The convent can be visited ONLY during guided tours which we are pleased to organize for you. The park and area around are accessible throughout the year.



Contact & Access

Find any information about how to get here, by train or by car and how to contact us. We are available for any further details from Monday to Saturday.


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