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Lyon, located in east-central France, is a city rich in history and culture. It has a well-preserved Old Town, known as Vieux Lyon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Here’s a detailed description of some of the historic places, buildings, streets, and squares in Lyon:

  1. Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon):
    • Vieux Lyon is the Renaissance district of Lyon and consists of three sections: Saint-Jean, Saint-Paul, and Saint-Georges.
    • The cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and colorful buildings make it a charming area to explore.
    • The district is home to numerous traboules, hidden passageways originally used by silk weavers. These passageways allowed them to transport their goods without being exposed to the weather.
  2. Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon Cathedral):
    • Located in the heart of Vieux Lyon, the cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
    • The cathedral’s astronomical clock is a major attraction, and visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.
  3. Place Bellecour:
    • One of the largest squares in Europe, Place Bellecour is a central hub in Lyon.
    • The square features an equestrian statue of Louis XIV and is surrounded by elegant buildings, shops, and cafes.
  4. Fourvière Basilica (Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière):
    • Situated on Fourvière Hill overlooking the city, this basilica is a symbol of Lyon.
    • The architecture is a blend of Byzantine and Romanesque styles, and the interior is adorned with intricate mosaics.
  5. Croix-Rousse:
    • Known as the “hill that works,” Croix-Rousse was historically the silk-weaving district.
    • The area offers a glimpse into Lyon’s industrial past, with traboules, workshops, and murals depicting the city’s silk industry.
  6. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Museum of Fine Arts):
    • Housed in a former Benedictine convent, this museum is one of the largest art museums in France.
    • The collection includes works by artists such as Rembrandt, Delacroix, and Monet.
  7. Place des Terreaux:
    • This square is surrounded by important buildings, including the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the Bartholdi Fountain.
    • The Musée des Beaux-Arts is also located nearby, making it a cultural focal point.
  8. Parc de la Tête d’Or (Park of the Golden Head):
    • One of the largest urban parks in Europe, it features a lake, botanical garden, and a zoo.
    • The park is a peaceful retreat offering a contrast to the bustling city.
  9. Quartier Saint-Paul:
    • This district within Vieux Lyon is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and Renaissance architecture.
    • Place du Change is a picturesque square in Saint-Paul, surrounded by colorful buildings.
  10. Traboules:
    • Lyon is famous for its traboules, secret passageways that crisscross through buildings.
    • These passages were historically used by silk merchants and later by the French Resistance during World War II.

Exploring Lyon’s historic sites provides a journey through different architectural styles and epochs, showcasing the city’s rich and diverse heritage.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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