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Places to see in Lyon


If you are planning a short trip to Lyon and don’t know what to see in town this post will be useful for you. Lyon is the second large city of France with an ancient history and a lot of sightseeing.

Vieux Lyon – Old Lyon

This district was built in XIV-XVI centuries so it helps to understand what Lyon looked like in this historical period.

Maison des Avocats is a house that was built in Renessaince in its typical style.

Vieux Lyon is the coziest place in Lyon, it doesn’t take much time to see the whole district and all points of interest.

The main Lyon cathedral was built between XII and XIV century. During its construction, the cathedral was influenced both by roman and gothic style.

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière – Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

The Basilica is situated at the top of a hill. You can go to the top through the park (Parc des Hauteurs). You can see the whole city from the hill. By the way, roman city Lugdunum was founded here in 43 BC. With this city, the history of Lyon began. As for Basilica, it was built in neo-Byzantine style in the mid-to-late XIX century.


Presqu’île is a peninsula surrounded by two rivers: Rhône and Saône. It began to develop in XVIII century and slowly became the new center of the city.

Church Saint-Nizier (Église Saint-Nizier) is located on the peninsula. The church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was built in gothic style with renaissance decoration elements.

In the north part of the peninsula there are other nice districts: 1-er arrondissement and Croix-Rousse.

The central place of Lyon is Bellecour place with monuments of Louis XIV and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In this district, there are a lot of cafés and shops.

La Confluence

You also need to see a confluence of rivers in the south of the peninsula. In the recent years, a lot of new buildings appeared here: offices, apartments and a museum. You can find here both good and bad examples of modern architecture. You can check them out here.

Church Sainte-Blandine de Lyon located in Perrache district.

5. Parc de la Tête d’Or

This is a rather big parc with botanical garden and zoo. The zoo has a lot of animals such as lions, zebras, monkeys and even red pandas. Zoo, as well as the parc, has free admission.

This side of the Rhône river doesn’t have a lot of sightseeing but mostly ethnic districts, skyscrapers and the biggest mall of the city – Le Part Dieu with Galeries Lafayette.

What else in Lyon deserves your attention?

On the Fourvière hill, you can see a tower. This is a copy of a third tier of the Eiffel tower.

In Old Lyon district you can see a statue that at first sight can be ambiguous. In fact, it means that only a man himself can be his savior. The name of the statue is “The Weight of Oneself”.

In the city center, you can see a lot of different murals.

Also Lyon has very nice trams.

This is a post about places in Lyon that you can visit during your one-two day trip. Of course, there are a lot more of interesting places: museums, monuments, parks. So if your visit is longer you would definitely find what to do.

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