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

    Museums and art

    20 place des Terreaux

    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..

  • 2 Vieux Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 3 Musée des Arts décoratifs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 rue de la Charité

    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 Rue St-Jean Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Jean

    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..

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

    Museums and art

    17 rue Cléberg

    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..

  • 6 Printing press museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 rue de la Poulaillerie

    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..

  • 7 The Presqu'île Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 8 Observatoire de la basilique Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Place de Fourvière

    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.

  • 9 Cloth Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 rue de la Charité

    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..

  • 10 Grande-Côte Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Montée de la Grande-Côte

    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 impasse des Chartreux

    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 Ateliers de Soierie Vivante Interesting

    Museums and art

    21 rue Richan

    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..

  • 13 École La Martinière des jeunes filles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Tobie-Robatel

    With its multi-coloured mosaics and wrought-iron portal, this school's early-20C annexe is a showcase of Art Nouveau architecture.

  • 14 Palais St-Pierre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    20 pl. des Terreaux

    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..

  • 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..

  • 16 Parc des Célestins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Célestins

    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.

  • 17 Primatiale St-Jean Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Jean

    Started in the 12C this Gothic building is distinguished by its four towers. The abutments have retained an amazing clarity of 14C decoration. Inside, you will note the lack of ambulatory, which is typical of Lyonnais churches. The chancel and the ap..

  • 18 Rue Juiverie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Juiverie

    Forced out in the 14C the Jews were replaced by Italian bankers who built sumptuous houses, like the hôtel Paterin (also called «maison Henri IV») at No. 4, the hôtel Bullioud with Philibert Delorme gallery (n° 8), Antoine Groslier de Servières's hou..

  • 19 Gadagne Musées (Museums) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 place du Petit-Collège

    The name Gadagne comes from powerful Florentine bankers, the Guadagni, who, from 1535 to 1581, occupied what is nowadays the largest group of Renaissance buildings in Vieux-Lyon. Following ten years of restoration, this complex ( Musée d'Histoire de ..

  • 20 Musée d'Histoire de Lyon Interesting

    Museums and art

    place du Petit-Collège

    This display of 1 500 objects chosen from the museum's 80 000 piece collection takes visitors on a journey through the city's history and development, from its time as the capital of Gaul to the present day. Exhibits include plans and paintings that ..

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