Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica
The Notre-Dame Basilica was erected in the 19th C. Built by the architect Pierre Bossan, it
features fine mosaics, superb stained glass, and a crypt of Saint Joseph. Although this church was
mainly designed in Rococo style, it holds unusual elements derived from a variety of architectural
Due to the fact that it is located on the top of the Fourviere hill, the basilica overlooks the
city and may be seen from several vantage points. On certain occasions, the public at large may
access the basilica's northern tower and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Lyon and its
suburbs.Saint Martin d'Ainay Abbey and Saint Paul Church
These two churches are Renaissance in style.
The Saint Martin d'Ainay basilica was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, and was
consecrated by Pope Pascal II. This building in Romanesque style features massive thick walls, a
watchtower, narrow window openings, and enormous heavy doors; all these elements resemble the
difficult and dangerous life of the frontier-France of the "Dark Ages". According to legend, the
origin of this place dates back to the end of the second century, when the martyrdom of Saint
The Saint Paul church was erected in 549 AD on the ruins of the former Diane temple. It was
later destroyed by the Saracens. The building was reconstructed between 1084 and 1106; however, it
was finished in the 13th century. During the 18th century, the church was modified and acquired a
Roman-ogival style. Furthermore, nine bells were added in the mid-19th century.Saint Jean's Cathedral
Although the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Jean stretched over several centuries, it
was finally completed in the 14th century. It is an amazing combination of styles ranging from
Romanesque to flamboyant Gothic. The medallions, stained glass windows and the Romanesque
Manécanterie (choir school building) are its most remarkable features.
In addition, it should be mentioned the fact that the Church of Saint Nizier constitutes another
outstanding example of Gothic-style churches in Lyon.National Opera House
The original building of the opera house was built in 1831; however, its latest renovation was
performed by Jean Nouvel in 1993. One of the most remarkable features of the building is the
gigantic glass cupola, situated on the stone columns dating from the 18th century.
The National Opera House of Lyon was inaugurated with the performance of La Dame Blanche (by
François-Adrien Boïeldieu). During the 19th and 20th centuries, many significant premieres of
operas -including Die Meistersinger (by Richard Wagner) in 1896, Andre Chenier (by Giordano) in
1897, and Boris Godunov (by Moussorgsky) in 1913- took place in this house. Furthermore, some world
premieres, such as Erwartung (Arnold Schoenberg) in 1967, have been presented.Sainte Marie de La Tourette
Sainte Marie de La Tourette is a Dominican priory, designed by the architect Le Corbusier and built
between 1956 and 1960.
This convent is located in the midst of nature, in a small valley that opens out to the forest.
The buildings contain 100 bedrooms for teachers and students, study halls, a hall for work and one
for recreation, a library and a refectory. A church where the monks carry on alone is situated next
to the convent. The structural frame is made of reinforced concrete with panes of glass located on
the exterior faces.
It is considered one of the most important late Modernist style buildings.Museums
Lyon presents extraordinary museums illustrating its significant history. These museums offer a
modern attitude, making the cultural and historical diversity available to all by means of numerous
events such as themed tours, interactive presentations, conferences, storytelling and workshops.
Most large museums in Lyon offer disabled access; for instance, the Fine Arts Museum proposes
special visits for the people with visual and hearing impairments.
Some of the most remarkable museums in this city include the
Lacroix-Laval Estate, the
Fine Arts Museum, the
Gallo Roman Museum of Lyon Fourvière, and the
International Museum of the Miniatures.Fourvière Roman Theaters
The Roman Theaters constitute an incredible outdoor venue located in the ruins of a Roman
Amphitheater. They were built by Augustus in 17-15 BC, and later expanded by Hadrian in the second
century AD. The two Roman theaters stand on the Fourvière hill; one of them is large and the other
is smaller. The large theater is the oldest in France; the smaller –known as Roman Odéon- is a
roofed performance hall with a marble stage, with small traces of paintings retained in its massive
walls. Excavations beneath this site uncovered traces of a district of artisans.
Nowadays, the theater offers concerts on a regular basis, and has a capacity of 10,000.Place des Terraux
This square is located in the heart of the Terreaux. Many traditional cafés and important monuments
surround the Place des Terraux. The
Hotel de Ville
(city hall), one of the most visited government buildings in
Palais Saint Pierre
Fine Arts Museum
as well as the
National Opera House
stand opposite this splendid square. The
, embodied by magnificent charging horses, represents the two
rivers (Rhône and Saône) heading to the ocean. This remarkable work of art was created by the
sculptor Bartholdi, who is also known for his Lion de Belfort and the Statue of Liberty.Cité Internationale
The Cité Internationale is surrounded by the Rhône river on one side and the Tête d'Or Park on
the other. This new area, featuring baked clay and glass buildings, was conceived by the famous
Italian architect Renzo Piano. It houses a cinema, a Contemporary Art Museum, a modern convention
center, a major hotel, 'The Pharaon' casino and many shops, bars and restaurants.
One of the main goals of this center was to transform an emblematic site of Lyon: an old trade
fair. However, not only does this site attract top-level business visitors, but also local
residents looking for leisure and recreation.Hôtel Dieu
The history of the Hôtel-Dieu hospital began in the 12th century; however, the current Neo-Classic
appearance was created by Jacques-Germain Soufflot during the 18th century. This 380- meter long
building stands on the bank of the Rhône river. It constitutes an outstanding example of hospital
history, resembling the daily life of the hospital through many objects, pharmaceutical and
surgical instruments, therapies and remedies. You will be able to discover the hospital's three
wards, two chapels, the pharmacy, the council hall and archives.
Destroyed in 1944, the dome –which formerly served as chapel- was rebuilt according to its