Sights & Attractions in Lyon and the Alps

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Name Category Location
 
Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière
The rather pompous late-19th-century basilica, at the top of the...
Religious Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay
This fortified church dates back to a 10th-century Benedictine...
Religious Sites Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Cathédrale St-Jean
Solid and determined—having withstood the sieges of time, revolution...
Religious Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation
During World War II, especially after 1942, Lyon played an important...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Hôtel Bullioud
This superb Renaissance mansion, close to the Hôtel Paterin...
Houses / Mansions Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Hôtel de Ville
Architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte redesigned...
Architectural Sites Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Hôtel Paterin
This is a paradigmatic example of the Renaissance mansions of...
Houses / Mansions Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Institut Lumière
On the site where the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, invented...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Jardin Archéologique
Inside this garden are the excavated ruins of two churches that...
Archaeological Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Jardin des Chartreux
One of several small, leafy parks in Lyon, this one is a peaceful...
Parks Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Jardin des Plantes
In these luxurious Botanical Gardens you'll find remnants of...
Gardens / Arboretums Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Maison des Canuts
Despite the industrialization of silk and textile production...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Maison du Crible
This 17th-century mansion is one of Lyon's oldest. In the courtyard...
Houses / Mansions Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Housed in an 18th-century mansion, the museum has fine collections...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Musée des Beaux-Arts
In the elegant 17th-century Palais St-Pierre, formerly a Benedictine...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Musée des Confluences
This innovative new glass-and-titanium museum—an architectural...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière
Since 1933, systematic excavations have unearthed vestiges of...
Museums / Galleries Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Musée Historique des Tissus
A sister museum to the Arts Décoratifs, this one is dedicated...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Musée Urbain Tony Garnier
Built between 1920 and 1933, this project (also known as the...
Museums / Galleries Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Musées Gadagne
These two museums are housed in the city's largest ensemble of...
Museums / Galleries Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Opéra de Lyon
The barrel-vaulted Lyon Opera, a reincarnation of a moribund...
Arts / Performance Venues Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Parc de la Tête d'Or
On the bank of the Rhône, this 300-acre park comes complete with...
Parks Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Place Bellecour
Shady, imposing Place Bellecour is one of the largest squares...
Architectural Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Place des Terreaux
The four majestic horses rearing up from a monumental 19th-century...
Squares Presqu'île and the Croix Rousse District
 
Rue du Bœuf
Like the parallel Rue St-Jean, Rue du Bœuf has traboules, courtyards...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Rue St-Jean
Once Vieux Lyon's major thoroughfare, this street leads north...
Neighborhoods / Streets Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
St-Paul
The 12th-century church of St-Paul is noted for its octagonal...
Religious Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Théâtres Romains
Two ruined, semicircular, Roman-built theaters are tucked into...
Archaeological Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
 
Tour Métallique
Beyond Fourvière Basilica is this skeletal metal tower, built...
Architectural Sites Vieux Lyon and Fourvière
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