10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lyon

Martina Rosado
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Place Bellecour

Lyon Cathedral

Built in 1546, it is the second largest church in France. Its construction took 300 years under the leadership of St. Joseph.
Above is a panorama of the choir, “la chapelle de Saint Jean”. Part of the choir has been closed to the public for centuries, making this one of the “forbidden” spots in Lyon.
During the 19th century, it was replaced by a Roman basilica.

Theatre of Fourviere

The Theatre of Fourviere is a building designed for public meetings and shows, located in the heart of Lyon. The theater, constructed in the 18th century, remains one of the most prestigeous monuments of the city. Built between 1765 and 1775, the Theatre of Fourviere was intended to serve as a town hall (the city's main council hall) until the construction of a city hall in 1884. The theater is located elevated above the city, and is surrounded by a park of a rich flora (one of the largest parks in Lyon). In the open-air theater on the stage or in the scenic box in the front are above all concerts and shows, which are occasionally also performed in the theatre itself. Sometimes small summer festivals.

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Mur des Canuts

This is a landmark built to remind the world that Lyon was once the center for canning cloth. This was the largest industry in the city during the 18th century. Now a museum, it provides visitors with a great view on the city.

Rue St-Jean

The Rue St-Jean is one of the best streets to spend an afternoon strolling around to take in a bird’s eye view of Lyon. Along this charming passage, the architecture is varied, going from the traditional to the contemporary style. Look for the ”atelier G” (”atelier G” is the local name for the Maquis) where street artists continually work. You are sure to find some interesting art and graffiti. Other points of interest include the ”Laurent”, the ”´t” and the ”´t” on the ”Rue St-Jean.

All of these are known for more than their food.

These stairs in the ”Saint-Jean” (Lyonnais call this street ”Lyonnais” instead of ”St. Jean”) are another place to get lost in. This is also where you will find some of the most lively groups of children hanging out for a bit of fun. The street is a place where you will also find many artists and hipster revelers.

Place des Terreaux

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Fourviere Basilica

Vieux Lyon Traboules

The Vieux Lyon Traboules are the old narrow streets of Lyon. These small streets wind through the heart of Lyon. The lanes began as the way for the residents to get from their houses to the place of work without having to walk in the busy streets of the city.

The greatest part about these traboules is that they still remain hidden. Anyone want to visit Lyon’s old, narrow alleys should put it on their list of things to do while visiting France…the experience is worth it.

The price of the entrances varies by the location. In general, a €2.50 entrance fee is charged per adult. However, to some, these old lanes of old Lyon is well worth the price.

This is one of my top ten things to do in Lyon because you can easily get lost to hours of exploring in the old lanes. I haven’t quite found the end of the lanes yet. The one I visited is only in the heart of the city. So don’t be surprised if you don’t get out of the world’s narrowest cul de sac without feeling like you’ve been there forever.