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  • 1 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.

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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

  • 4 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 ..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 Musée Africain

    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..

  • 7 Château Lumière

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    25 r. du Premier-Film F - 69008 Lyon

    It was Antoine Lumière, the father of the inventors of cinema and the auto chrome plate, Auguste and Louis Lumière, who had this majestic chateau built with its sumptuous interior. It is the home of the Lumière Institute and an exhibition that tells ..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 Quartier de La Part-Dieu

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Lafayette F - 69003 Lyon

    In this quarter, which a medieval proprietor put under divine protection, they have developed many new buildings, with an administrative building (hôtel de la Courly), a bank (Crédit Lyonnais tower), a huge commercial centre, the Maurice-Ravel audito..

  • 10 Part-Dieu Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    129 Rue Servient F - 69003 Lyon

    The shape of this 140m high brick coloured tower is worthy of its nickname «crayon». The top floors belong to a hotel.

  • 11 Auditorium Maurice-Ravel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    149 Rue 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 Quai Augagneur

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Augagneur F - 69003 Lyon

    Lined with imposing bourgeois buildings and shaded by plane trees, this quay which provides the setting for a lively market is a nice walk alongside the Rhône.

  • 14 Quartier des Brotteaux

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Garibaldi F - 69006 Lyon

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

  • 15 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.

  • 16 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).

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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.

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Halle Tony-Garnier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    20 pl. 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..

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