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  • 1 Vieux Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 69005 Lyon

    Old Lyon Stretches from the River Saône to Fourvière and is comprised of three districts (Saint-John, Saint-Paul et Saint-Georges). The old town used to be the centre of industry and the home of the Lyons silk workers. At the end of Francois I's reig..

  • 2 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 pl. des Terreaux F - 69001 Lyon

    In the chancel that has been converted into a garden statues by Bourdelle, Duret and Rodin will greet you. The renovated museum has a wonderful panorama of the world of art which make it one of the best Fine Art museums in France. Collections of inte..

  • 3 Musée des Arts décoratifs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 r. de la Charité F - 69002 Lyon

    In a successful bid to recreate an 18C interior this Museum displays furniture stamped by the finest wooden furniture makers (Oeben, Riesener), as well as works of art, tapestries (Gobelins, Beauvais, Flanders), porcelain (Saint-Cloud, Sèvres) and ce..

  • 4 The Presqu'île Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 69000 Lyon

    It is around Place Bellecour, on this peninsula between the Saône and Rhône rivers, that Lyon's main districts are located, and where the city's main commercial activities have been established for many centuries. The peninsula is crossed by two main..

  • 5 Rue St-Jean Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Jean F - 69005 Lyon

    The main shopping street in Old Lyon still has many beautiful dwellings such as the hôtel de la Chamarerie (n° 37) with a Flamboyant façade, the house of the advocates (rue Bombarde), and the houses at 58, 52, 50, 42 and 36. No. 54 looks on to Old Ly..

  • 6 Observatoire de la basilique Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. de Fourvière F - 69005 Lyon

    From the observatory of the basilica (287 steps) you have a view all around you of the Lyonnais mountains. On a good day you can see Mont Blanc (to the East) and the Puy de Dôme (to the West). There is a viewing table to help you.

  • 7 Cloth Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 r. de la Charité F - 69002 Lyon

    The collections of this conservatory of the art of the cloth are designed around two great opposing poles- the West and East. Some magnificent Lyon silks and the production of one of its illustrious inventors Philippe de Lassalle illustrate French cl..

  • 8 Musée Gallo-Romain de Lyon-Fourvière Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    17 r. Cléberg F - 69005 Lyon

    Designed by the architect Bernard Zehrhuss, this museum backs into a hill and appears to be partly buried in it. It houses Gallo-Roman collections uncovered at Lugdunum. Urban development, municipal administration, the army, religions, theatre and ci..

  • 9 Printing press museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. de la Poulaillerie F - 69002 Lyon

    The role of the bank in the commercial and industrial rise of Lyon is shown in the first rooms. But what attracts above all your attention is the section devoted to the history of the printing press, from wood engravings to photo composition. Some ol..

  • 10 Grande-Côte Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Montée de la Grande-Côte F - 69000 Lyon

    The steep Montée de la Grande Côte has undergone superb renovations. The pleasant park is plotted so as to capitalise on the lovely views over the St Paul, St Jean and Fourvière quarters. Various species grow in tiers at the foot of the lawns, from a..

  • 11 Église Saint-Bruno Interesting

    Religious buildings

    7 imp. des Chartreux F - 69001 Lyon

    Built at the end of the 16C, the neo-Baroque façade was added in 1870 by architect Sainte-Marie Perrin. The dome has eight large windows and its covering supports the lead globe and cross, symbols of the Carthusians. Inside, the nave is the result of..

  • 12 Musée Miniature et Cinéma Interesting

    Museums and art

    60 r. St-Jean F - 69005 Lyon

    With its arcaded galleries and outbuildings clad in pink roughcast, the Maison des Avocats forms a fine 16C ensemble of Italian inspiration on the rue de la Bombarde. Nowadays it is home to the Musée International de la Miniature et Décors de Cinéma,..

  • 13 Ateliers de Soierie Vivante Interesting

    Museums and art

    21 r. Richan F - 69004 Lyon

    This association, starting with the Municipal furnishings workshop, makes it possible for you to see several authentic family workshops. In addition to the furnishings industry (fantastic profession in decline), You can initiate yourself in the techn..

  • 14 Fresque des Lyonnais Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. de la Martinière F - 69001 Lyon

    This beautiful painted wall entitled The Fresco of the Lyonnais People or In search of the famous Lyonnais people was produced by the artists' group «The City of the Creation».

  • 15 École La Martinière des jeunes filles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Tobie-Robatel F - 69001 Lyon

    This school's enormous annex, built at the start of the 20C shows off the art of this period with its multi-coloured mosaics and its wrought iron portal.

  • 16 Palais St-Pierre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    20 pl. des Terreaux F - 69001 Lyon

    This 17 and 18C palace used to house the Abbey of the ladies of Saint-Pierre, which recruited from the highest nobility. The buildings have retained some aspects of their Italian inspired original decoration (refectory, main staircase). Disused durin..

  • 17 Musée d'Art contemporain Interesting

    Museums and art

    81 quai Charles-de-Gaulle F - 69006 Lyon

    Built round the atrium of the old festival hall, the building is broken up into «spaces» giving exhibitors great flexibility in how they choose to present artwork. Now also a «production centre», the museum welcomes creations by Baldessari, Brecht, F..

  • 18 Centre d'histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation Interesting

    Museums and art

    14 av. Berthelot F - 69007 Lyon

    Set up in the buildings of the military medical school, which from 1942 to 1944 was the Lyons base of the Gestapo, this centre recalls the importance of Lyon in the Resistance movement and relevant events such as the Vénissieux roundup and the arrest..

  • 19 Parc des Célestins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Célestins F - 69002 Lyon

    It was Daniel Burren who was responsible for the lay out of this spectacular car park which you can view with a periscope situated in the square facing the théâtre des Célestins.

  • 20 Place des Terreaux Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Terreaux F - 69001 Lyon

    Standing proud in this square which faces the 17C façade of St-Peter's Palace (le palais Saint-Pierre) is a monumental lead fountain by Bartholdi whose four horses symbolise rivers flowing into the Ocean. The square is the lively centre of the town a..

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