Lyon and the Alps

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  • 1. Rue du Bœuf

    Vieux Lyon | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Like parallel Rue St-Jean, Rue du Bœuf has traboules, courtyards, spiral staircases, towers, and facades. The traboule at No. 31 hooks through...Read More

  • 2. Rue St-Jean

    Vieux Lyon | Neighborhood/Street

    Once Vieux Lyon's major thoroughfare, this street leads north from Place St-Jean to Place du Change, where money changers operated during medieval...Read More

  • 3. Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

    Fourvière | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 4. Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay

    Presqu'île | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 5. Cathédrale St-Jean

    Vieux Lyon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 6. Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

    Part-Dieu | Museum/Gallery

    During World War II, Lyon played an important role in the Resistance movement against the German occupation of France. Newly renovated displays...Read More

  • 7. Église Saint-Paul

    Vieux Lyon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 Flamboyant...Read More

  • 8. Hôtel Bullioud

    Vieux Lyon | House/Mansion/Villa

    This superb Renaissance mansion, close to the Hôtel Paterin, is noted for its courtyard, with an ingenious gallery built in 1536 by Philibert...Read More

  • 9. Hôtel de Ville

    Presqu'île | Building/Architectural Site

    Architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte redesigned the very impressive facade of the Town Hall after a 1674 fire. The rest of...Read More

  • 10. Institut Lumière

    Part-Dieu | Museum/Gallery

    On the site where the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, invented cinematography in their family home, this museum has daily showings of early...Read More

  • 11. Jardin Archéologique

    Vieux Lyon | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Inside this garden are the excavated ruins of two churches that succeeded one another. The foundations of the churches were unearthed during...Read More

  • 12. Jardin des Plantes

    Vieux Lyon | Garden/Arboretum

    In these luxurious Botanical Gardens you'll find remnants of the once-huge Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules (Three Gauls Amphitheater), built in AD 19. ...Read More

  • 13. Maison des Canuts

    La Croix Rousse | Museum/Gallery

    Old-time Jacquard looms are still in action at this historic house in La Croix Rousse, and the weavers are happy to show children how the process...Read More

  • 14. Maison du Crible

    Vieux Lyon | House/Mansion/Villa

    This 17th-century mansion is one of Lyon's oldest. In the courtyard you can glimpse a charming garden and the original Tour Rose, an elegant...Read More

  • 15. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    Presqu'île | Museum/Gallery

    In the elegant 17th-century Palais St-Pierre, formerly a Benedictine abbey, this museum houses one of France's largest art collections after...Read More

  • 16. Musée des Tissus et Musée des Arts Décoratifs

    Presqu'île | Museum/Gallery

    These two museums recently combined to create one of France's most extensive collections of decorative arts and the world's largest textile...Read More

  • 17. Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

    Fourvière | Museum/Gallery

    Since 1933, systematic excavations have unearthed vestiges of Lyon's opulent Roman precursor. The statues, mosaics, vases, coins, and tombstones...Read More

  • 18. Musée Urbain Tony Garnier

    Quartier des États-Unis | Museum/Gallery

    Built between 1920 and 1933, this project (also known as the Cité de la Création), was France's first attempt at low-income housing. Tenants...Read More

  • 19. Musées Gadagne

    Vieux Lyon | Museum/Gallery

    These two museums are housed in the city's largest ensemble of Renaissance buildings, the Hôtel de Gadagne, built between the 14th and 16th...Read More

  • 20. Opéra de Lyon

    Presqu'île | Arts/Performance Venue

    The barrel-vaulted Lyon Opera, a reincarnation of a moribund 1831 building, was designed by star French architect Jean Nouvel and built in the...Read More

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