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Top 10 places in Lyon
Our app features the history of 191 monuments and great sites including places to discover Lyon. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Lyon
On the hill of Fourvière, on the site of the old Lugdunum, stands the Ancient Theater and the Odéon de Fourvière. Exceptional archaeological remains, they testify to the grandeur of the Capital of Gaul. The theater has terraces in semicircles overlooking a pit, from which the view of Lyon and the... Read more
Also known as the Primatiale Saint-Jean, the Archbishop of Lyon's Primate of Gaul, the Saint-Jean Cathedral dominates medieval and Renaissance Old Lyon, at the foot of the Fourvière hill. Constructed from 1180 to 1480 it is a mixture of two distinct architectures: the Romanesque and the Gothic.... Read more
The Basilica of Fourvière is one of the most famous monuments of Lyon. Built by Pierre Bossan in 1872, it is located at the top of the hill of the same name, which was always the place of exercise of the religion in Lyon and which sheltered the forum Trajan in the Roman time. It has a neo-Gothic... Read more
Romanesque building, with later additions and transformations: the skylight above the dome, the bell tower and the porch date from the 19th century. The choir was completely redone. The nave juxtaposes Romanes (semi-circular arches) and Gothic (crossed ogives). The lateral chapels date from the... Read more
The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon models the western banks of the Rhone between Bellecour and Cordeliers. The oldest hospital in Lyon, reaffirming the central place of the city in the field of medicine, its construction begins in 1184. It is here that the future doctors, faithful to the Oath of Hippocrates,... Read more
The south side of the Place des Terreaux is occupied by the Palais Saint-Pierre, a former monastery of the Ladies of Saint-Pierre (17th century), which houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts since 1801: there are also Greek and Roman antiquities Or Oriental, particularly Egyptian, than a medallion and... Read more
The Opera National de Lyon is a work and a place of art. Offering ballets, operas, theater, he takes an active part in the cultural life of Lyons. Its peristyle becomes even a place of urban dances, and summer comes, terrace with coffee-jazz. But it is also because of its architecture that the... Read more
On the right bank of the Saône, the former Palais de Justice (Balthard, 1835-1842) spread out its 24 columns on the Quai Romain-Rolland. It was built on the site of the palace and the Roanne prison, with two ceilings painted by Thomas Blanchet (1614-1689). It kept the Court of Assizes and the Court... Read more
It was the largest square in Europe (6 hectares) until the creation of the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It dates back to the early 17th century and the east and west façades, destroyed in 1793, were rebuilt under the Consulate. In the center of the square stands the equestrian statue of Louis... Read more
Center of the political life, it was arranged from the beginning of the XVIIth century and witnessed the massacres of the Revolution. It is decorated with the fountain Bartholdi, inaugurated in 1892. On the east side rises since 1646 the town hall. The south side is occupied by the Palais... Read more
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