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L'Homme de la Roche - Jean Kleberger

Johannes Kleberger (Nürnberg 1485 - Lyon 1546)
known as 'le Bon Allemande', owner of a mansion and extensive gardens on the bank of the Rhône; he was engaged in deeds of generosity, charity and benevolence.
Pierre Bonnaire

Lyon /  L'Homme de la Roche - Jean Kleberger   Lyon /  L'Homme de la Roche - Jean Kleberger


Large marble statue in Cruas stone of Johannes Kleberger dressed as a gentleman of the time of king Francis I, because he was 'ordinary valet de chambre' of this king. This 1849 stone statue is the successor of a wooden statue that was many times replaced because of dilapidation, and gives a faithful representation since the sixteenth century of an anonymous 'benefactor'. On 11 August 1842 a deliberation of the municipal council of Lyon officially identified him as Kleberger. The city participated in the subscription launched to honor worthily Kleberger, of which Albrecht Dýrer had realized in 1526 a portrait.

Because of its place in a cave at the foot of a steep rock, the state became known as 'L'Homme de la Roche' (The Man of the Rock).


l'homme de la roche
dit de bon allemand
echevin de lyon
citoyen de geneve
et de berne
ne a nuremberg
en 1486
mort a lyon
en 1546


bonnaire 1849

Lyon - L'Homme de la Roche - Jean Kleberger


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Locatie (N 45°46'0" - E 4°49'16") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: frra071; Photograph: 11 August 2018
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