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  • 1 Primatiale St-Jean Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Jean F - 69005 Lyon

    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..

  • 2 Rue Juiverie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Juiverie F - 69005 Lyon

    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..

  • 3 Hôtel de Gadagne Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 pl. du Petit-Collège F - 69005 Lyon

    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 ..

  • 4 Musée d'Histoire de Lyon Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. du Petit-Collège F - 69005 Lyon

    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 ..

  • 5 Rue du Boeuf Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Boeuf F - 69005 Lyon

    Here you will see beautiful Renaissance buildings, some of which have become hotels, such as the Cour des Loges at No. 6; a beautiful three-storey U-shaped courtyard. You will also see the maison du Crible at No. 16, with its lavish doorway; the Pink..

  • 6 Maison du Crible Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 r. du Bœuf F - 69005 Lyon

    This 17C dwelling has a lavish doorway with bosses and annulated columns. The pediment is decorated with an Adoration of the wise men by Jean de Bologne. A passageway lined with ogival arches takes you to a courtyard. The dwelling's elegant roughcast..

  • 7 Colline de Fourvière Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Fourvière F - 69005 Lyon

    100m higher than Old Lyon, the hill is named after the Forum vestus, in the Roman colony, the ruins of which (theatre, odeon, aquaducts) are there to be seen. The forum occupied the site of the old esplanade of the basilica up until 840. The hill was..

  • 8 Montée du Garillan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Montée du Garillan F - 69005 Lyon

    This «montée» or climb is a winding ascent up 224 steps.

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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 ..

  • 11 Mur des Canuts Interesting

    Museums and art

    bd des Canuts F - 69004 Lyon

    At the boulevard's intersection with rues Denfert- Rochereau and Pelletier, this wall which was painted in trompe-l'oeil in 1987 (and renovated in 1997) recalls the traditional Croix-Rousse way of life.

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 Statue de Jacquard

    Museums and art

    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.

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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.

  • 20 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.

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