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  • 1 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.

  • 2 Musée urbain Tony-Garnier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4 rue 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.

  • 3 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.

  • 4 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.

  • 5 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

  • 6 Basilique St-Martin-d'Ainay

    Religious buildings

    11 r. Bourgelat F - 69002 Lyon

    Devoted to Pascal II in 1107 this basilica has undergone many overhauls in its time. The bell-tower porch finished by a pyramid framed by some bizarre acroters has a distinctive silhouette. Inside there are some beautiful capital columns. The chapel ..

  • 7 Muséum d'Histoire naturelle

    Museums and art

    28 bd des Belges F - 69006 Lyon

    Established in 1772, this is the region's oldest museum. On display are natural history collections (paleontology and mineralogy) and archaeology and ethnology collections concerning mainly ancient Egypt (Large sphinx of Médamoud, mummies, human and ..

  • 8 African Museum

    Museums and art

    150 cours Gambetta F - 69007 Lyon

    2,500 objects from Western Africa (Benin and Ivory Coast) evoke the social organisation and religious practices of these countries: bronze figurines from Benin, Touareg arms and decorative trims, a set of weights (Ghana and Ivory Coast) which were us..

  • 9 Cité internationale

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Charles-de-Gaulle F - 69006 Lyon

    Between the park of the Tête d'Or and the Rhône, this vast complex includes a conference hall, cinema halls, hotels and the Museum of Contemporary art.

  • 10 Part-Dieu Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    129 r. Servient F - 69003 Lyon

    Since 1977, this skyscraper has loomed high over the city. Brick-coloured, 140m tall and with its top floors belonging to a hotel, the former Crédit Lyonnais Tower has been nicknamed "The Pencil" because of its shape.

  • 11 Auditorium Maurice-Ravel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    149 r. Garibaldi F - 69003 Lyon

    This shell-shaped auditorium has an arch with a span of 70 metres

  • 12 Gare de La Part-Dieu

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Charles-Béraudier F - 69003 Lyon

    Designed for the TGV, the station has doors on two façades (East and West) whilst the platforms are located above the reception building. Hotels and guestrooms complete the amenity which is also endowed with esplanades which are brightened with some ..

  • 13 Quartier des Brotteaux

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Garibaldi F - 69006 Lyon

    This quarter, which occupies the site of the sand banks once deposited by the Rhône, has a geometric street layout.

  • 14 Pont Wilson

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôpital F - 69006 Lyon

    From this bridge which launches itself across le Rhône, you have an extensive view across the heights of la Croix-Rousse where you will see the houses of the old silk-workers stacked.

  • 15 Pont de la Guillotière

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la barre F - 69007 Lyon

    In 1958 this bridge replaced an earlier one built by the Pontifes Brothers. It offers a great view of the Fourvière hill (colline de Fourvière).

  • 16 Quartier de Gerland

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Jean-Jaurès F - 69007 Lyon

    Centred around the Tony Garnier hall, this quarter which is in the process of being redeveloped has many fine pieces of architecture such as the Ecole normale supérieure (university campus of buildings), the sports palace, and Institutes Mérieux and ..

  • 17 Cité scolaire internationale

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Antonin F - 69007 Lyon

    Built by architects Jourda and Perraudin, this is a glass haven, looking onto Gerland park.

  • 18 École normale supérieure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    46 allée d'Italie F - 69007 Lyon

    A town within a town, and a institution of well organised chaos, with accommodation for university residents and researchers, as well as a library, built by Henry and Bruno Gaudin, the architects who renovated the Charléty stadium in Paris. With many..

  • 19 Halle Tony-Garnier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    20 pl. 20 place des Drs Charles-et-Christophe-Mérieux F - 69007 Lyon

    This hall is amazing in the way its simple night lighting accentuates the contours and size of the buildings, bringing them to life. This is the most polished example of the global «industrial city» project, which was created by Lyons architect, Tony..

  • 20 Rue de la République

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la République F - 69002 Lyon

    The cinemas and brasseries of the Rue de la République ensure a constant state of liveliness is this pedestrian area, drawing in the crowds. The Buildings are distinctly 19C Lyonnais in their architecture, with facades pierced with high windows with ..

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