Lyon and the Alps Sights

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  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Although religious wars deprived the cathedral of St-Maurice of many of its statues, much of the original decoration is intact; the portals...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Beside the Rhône is the church of St-Pierre—note the rectangular 12th-century Romanesque bell tower with its arcaded tiers. The lower...

Temple d'Auguste et de Livie

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The remains of the Temple d'Auguste et de Livie, accessible via Place St-Paul and Rue Clémentine, probably date in part from Vienne's...

Théâtre Romain

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Measuring 143 yards across, the Théâtre Romain is one of the largest in Gaul. It held 13,000 spectators and is only slightly smaller...

Théâtres Romains

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Two ruined, semicircular, Roman-built theaters are tucked into the hillside, just down from the summit of Fourvière. The Grand Théâtre,...

Tour Métallique

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Beyond Fourvière Basilica is this skeletal metal tower, built in 1893 and now a television transmitter. The stone staircase at the foot...

Val Thorens

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Europe's highest ski resort, Val Thorens has such a lofty position that you see nothing but snow-covered mountains in every direction.

Val d'Isère

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One of the joys of Val d'Isère is that the easy slopes aren't concentrated at the bottom of the mountains. Beginners can take the gondola...

Église Saint-Paul

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The 12th-century church of St-Paul is noted for its octagonal lantern, its frieze of animal heads in the chancel, and its late-period...

Église de Brou

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A marvel of the Flamboyant Gothic style, the Église de Brou is no longer in religious use. The church was built between 1513 and 1532...