10 Must Visit Locations in Lyon

Because of the long history of the French city of Lyon known as major city of the Romans, the production of silk, the gastronomy and as a place of pilgrimage, Lyon has always been many visitors. Where the two rivers the Rhône and Saône Rivers come together is the most historic part of the city, the Vieux Lyon. Here you can wander through the cobbled streets which are still in the atmosphere of the Renaissance period. Thanks to the many preserved legacies from the past, as parts of the city, the Vieux Lyon Presqu’île de la Croix Rousse and included in list of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Nowadays there are also a number of modern architectural constructions of the city of Lyon a get other side. There is a futuristic building down to the Rhône in which the science museum ‘des Confluences’ house and every year around the eighth day of December in the city of Lyon in the sign of lights. With the ‘Fête des Lumières’ the festival of light, the city attracts millions of tourists who visit the spectacle but what I would like to attend. For four days is transformed into a place full of light, color and fun.

Top 10 attractions of Lyon

 1. Notre-Dame de Fourvière

This beautiful basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Resounding carries the name ‘Lyon Basilque Notre Dame de Fourvière. As chic as the name suggests is also the look. It was built in around 1880 and since then has a well-deserved by storm in the city known for its many historic attractions. The French architect Pierre Bossan has sought to both the Roman and Byzantine architecture in this building together. Also within are spared no effort with many golden details and impressive mosaic. In the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière is also an art museum with various religious art.

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

 2. Antique theater of Lugdunum

At the location where the former Roman colony of Gaul settled is the theater of Lugdunum to admire. Because Lyon is an important city in the Roman Empire, there are of course also for entertainment. In the theater were mainly musical performances shown for an average of 11,000 spectators. The ancient theater of Lugdunum was built in the 15th century BC. The smaller and later built Odeion theater of Fourvière had place for about three thousand spectators.

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Lugdunum 

 3. Vieux Lyon

In this largest and oldest district of the city of Lyon in the 5th arrondissement, a number of special points of interest are there. So, you can visit the Saint Jean cathedral with the museum of miniatures, the Lyon History Museum with a lot of information about the capital of Gaul, the Temple du Change the former stock exchange building and the ‘Rue du Boeuf’ is perhaps the most beautiful street in the city.

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Vieux Lyon

 4. Museum of the Gallo-roman civilization

Close to the Roman theaters of Lyon is the Museum of the Gallic Roman civilization. This museum is very informative if you like what you are looking for more background information about the period at the beginning of our era. The museum was opened in 1975 in a specially designed building. For the design, the architect Bernard H. Zehr fuss enabled. The special construction work is included in the slope of the hill of Fourvière and almost indistinguishable. In the museum to admire his collections that such a five centuries.

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Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière

 5. Place Bellecour

This beautiful square in the center of Lyon is in addition to impressive is also huge. Place Bellecour measuring up to 15 hectares. In the middle of the square is the equestrian statue of Louis XIV, also known as Louis the Great. As the first king of France he also has a lot of respect acquired in cities such as Lyon. The same Louis also Palace of Versailles. Place Bellecour is an excellent starting point to explore the city of Lyon. Well-known shopping streets such as Rue de la République, Rue Victor Hugo and Rue du Président Edouard Herriot start from here and lead you along the road of shops and other attractions.

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Place Bellecour

6. Parc de la Tête d’Or

This beautiful park of Lyon is located on the right bank of the Rhone. Around the lake are several gardens to discover, such as the Jardin Botanique de Lyon’ the botanical garden, the zoo and rose gardens. But the park is visited by different sports. There is a special wheel course, but you can also fantastic running, walking, mini-golf or other sports.

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Parc de la Tête d’or

 7. Lyon Cathedral

Among the various churches and cathedrals of Lyon is also church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste-et-saint-étienne either in the short – Cathédrale Saint-Jean. At the end of the 12th century began with the construction of this cathedral. Three centuries later it was finally finished and had the building even an astronomical clock. Pay particular attention to the many stained-glass windows and especially the rose windows above the organ of Ahrend.

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Lyon Cathedral

 8. Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

Museum of Fine Arts is located in a former Benedictine priory at Place des Loges. The museum offers fine art in which the collections several episodes. In addition to works of art from the 16th and 17th century, you can admire modern works such as those by Pierre Bonnard, Picasso and Gauguin. There is also Islamic art to admire, you sarcophagi of within view and there are also regular performances.

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Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

 9. Musée des Confluences

In the second arrondissement of Lyon is the remarkable science museum. In addition to the origin of the universe are also topics as the evolution, society and social issues. The building which was designed by the Austrian firm Coop Himmelblau is striking. The location at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone has a central thought in the design. It has different areas, slopes and levels that lead you to events, facts and other exciting features.

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Musée des Confluences 

10. Metal tower of Fourvière

At the sight of the ‘Tour metall ique de Fourvière’ metal tower of Fourvière is the link to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. However we are talking about a television tower of 90 meters high. Gustave Eiffel for the design is not responsible, but Eugene Collonge and engineers Collet and Bauffaud. Between 1892 and 1894 the metal tower of Fourvière was built on the occasion of the World Exhibition. In the evening, the tower is beautifully lit.

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Metallic tower of Fourvière

Featured Image Courtesy: Celia Sab

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