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  • 1 Rue du Boeuf Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Boeuf

    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..

  • 2 Maison du Crible Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 r. du Bœuf

    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..

  • 3 Colline de Fourvière Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Fourvière

    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..

  • 4 Montée du Garillan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Montée du Garillan

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

  • 5 Parc archéologique de Fourvière Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    17 rue Cléberg

    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 ..

  • 6 Mur des Canuts Interesting

    Museums and art

    bd des Canuts

    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.

  • 7 Park of the Golden Head Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Parc de la Tête-d'Or

    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..

  • 8 Lyon Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    7 rue Stéphane-Déchant

    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 ..

  • 9 Musée des Confluences Interesting

    Museums and art

    86 quai Perrache

    At the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, this museum opened in late 2014. Its extraordinary shell, designed by the Austrian agency Coop Himmelb(l)au as a metaphore for knowledge, is made up of a "Crystal" of glass (symbolising the know..

  • 10 Musée Miniature et Cinéma Interesting

    Museums and art

    60 rue St-Jean

    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,..

  • 11 Fresque des Lyonnais Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. de la Martinière

    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».

  • 12 Musée d'Art contemporain Interesting

    Museums and art

    81 quai Charles-de-Gaulle

    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..

  • 13 Place des Terreaux Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Terreaux

    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..

  • 14 Basilique N.-D. de Fourvière Interesting

    Religious buildings

    8 place de Fourvière

    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..

  • 15 Les Subsistances

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    8 bis quai St-Vincent

    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..

  • 16 Maison des Canuts

    Museums and art

    12 rue d'Ivry

    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..

  • 17 Statue de Jacquard

    Museums and art

    pl. de la Croix-Rousse

    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.

  • 18 Amphithéâtre des Trois-Gaules

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Montée des Carmélites

    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..

  • 19 Place Rouville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Rouville

    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..

  • 20 Jardin des Chartreux

    Nature and gardens

    quai de la Saône

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

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