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  • 1 Parc archéologique de Fourvière Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    17 r. Cléberg F - 69005 Lyon

    Since 1933, digs have enabled archaeologists to find more relics of the Roman city. You will see the Gallo-Roman spas on the rue des Farges and relics from basilicas dating to the early years of Christianity on the rue des Macchabées and on the quai ..

  • 2 Park of the Golden Head Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Parc de la tête-d'Or F - 69006 Lyon

    Luxuriant vegetation from the high Sierras, flowers from the mountain regions of the globe in the Alpine Garden, a zoo (from 1858) with more than 1000 inhabitants, deer parks, a magnificent rose garden, with more than 70,000 plants representing 300 v..

  • 3 Lyon Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    7 r. Stéphane-Déchant F - 69350 Lyon

    The first of its kind in inland France, this aquarium is located on the banks of the Saône in an elegant new structure. After a visit to the temperate fresh waters and the impressive catfish, it is the vast shark basin and the spectacle of the young ..

  • 4 Maison des Avocats 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,..

  • 5 Fresque des Lyonnais Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue 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» .

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Basilique N.-D. de Fourvière Interesting

    Religious buildings

    8 pl. de Fourvière F - 69005 Lyon

    The basilica was built after the 1870 war by the architect Bossan. The building is a curious mixture of Byzantine and Middle Age elements. The interior décor is lavish and the «upside down elephant», which the people sometimes call it, has a proud al..

  • 8 Esplanade de la Basilique de Fourvière Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    espl. de la Basilique-de-Fourvière F - 69005 Lyon

    From the esplanade of the basilica, you will have a good view of the peninsular and the left bank of the Rhône which is dominated by the Crédit Lyonnais tower. In the background, the mountains : Bugey, Alpes, Chartreuse, Vercors.

  • 9 Les Subsistances

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    8 bis quai St-Vincent F - 69001 Lyon

    Lying on the bank of the Saône, the buildings of Les Subsistances make up a vast ochre-toned architectural ensemble. To the right you can make out the old cloisters initially built for the Visitandines (17C) then put at the disposal of the army (1807..

  • 10 Maison des Canuts

    Museums and art

    12 r. d'Ivry F - 69004 Lyon

    The talented craftspeople of the home weavers' co-operative continue to perpetuate the traditions and know-how of the Lyons silk workers. Here you can see people operating a giant loom and a velvet loom and marvel at the old materials: lampas, damask..

  • 11 Statue de Jacquard

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Croix-Rousse F - 69004 Lyon

    In 1804, Joseph-Marie Jacquard perfected a skill whereby perforated cards enable a single worker to do the job of six people. The statute marks the gratitude of the Red Cross.

  • 12 Amphithéâtre des Trois-Gaules

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Montée des Carmélites F - 69004 Lyon

    This amphitheatre is believed to have been built in 19 BC to unite delegates from sixty Gaul tribes. Hadrian later enlarged it and history has it that St Blandine was tortured here in 177. The North part of the podium which supported the terraces has..

  • 13 Place Rouville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Rouville F - 69001 Lyon

    With its 365 windows, the maison Brunet at numbers 5 and 6, is a typical Lyonnais silkworkers house. The square gives you a nice glance over Lyon; of the belfry which rises up from the red roofs of the peninsular, the Crédit Lyonnais building which d..

  • 14 Jardin des Chartreux

    Nature and gardens

    quai de la Saône F - 69004 Lyon

    Boules pitches are laid out on a slight slope in this shady garden overlooking the river.

  • 15 Quai St-Vincent

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai St-Vincent F - 69001 Lyon

    At the foot of the garden of Chartreux, this quay gives you some wonderful views of the meander in the Saône.

  • 16 Musée urbain Tony-Garnier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4 r. des Serpollières F - 69008 Lyon

    This building built in the 1930's by Tony Garnier was enriched in 1991 when the artists' group «The City of the Creation» turned the walls into a series of fabulous painted murals which were in keeping with the theme of Tony Garniers design.

  • 17 Place Sathonay

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Sathonay F - 69001 Lyon

    This square is dominated by the monumental staircase which climbs the amphitheatre framed by two lion-shaped fountains.

  • 18 École La Martinière des jeunes filles

    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.

  • 19 Église St-Bonaventure

    Religious buildings

    26 r. de la République F - 69002 Lyon

    Saint Bonaventure, the glory of the Franciscan order died during the Lyon Assembly of 1274. The church in its simplicity bears witness to the respect that Franciscans have for all forms of poverty.

  • 20 Ancienne église St-Pierre

    Religious buildings

    r. Paul-Chenavard F - 69001 Lyon

    This church which today houses the sculptures of the Fine-Arts museum, has a narrow façade and a sober romanesque portal framing superb 18C wooden doors

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