Lyon and the Alps Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Lyon and the Alps - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

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The rather pompous late-19th-century basilica, at the top of the ficelle (funicular railway), is—for better or worse—the symbol...

Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay

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This fortified church dates back to a 10th-century Benedictine abbey and a 9th-century sanctuary before that. The millenary energy field...

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Despite its 12th-century exterior, the 19th-century interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is somewhat bland. But don't miss the adjoining...

Cathédrale Saint-Vincent

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Built in 1119 on the Rocher de Chateauviex and adjacent to the 11th-century Tour Saint-Michel, this elegant cathedral is a mix of medieval...

Cathédrale St-Jean

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Solid and determined—having withstood the sieges of time, revolution, and war—the cathedral's stumpy facade is stuck almost bashfully...

Chapelle Saint-Ostian

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A scenic mile-and-a-half walk from town takes you to this tiny rural chapel, set among shady trees and vineyards, built in honor of the...

Musée Archéologique St-Laurent

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The church of St-Laurent, near the Musée Dauphinois, has a hauntingly ancient 6th-century crypt—one of the country's oldest Christian...

St-André-le-Bas

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Rue des Orfèvres (off Rue de la Charité) is lined with Renaissance facades and distinguished by the church of St-André-le-Bas, once...

St-Maurice

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

St-Pierre

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

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