What to See in Lyon France


Lyon is a city that is found Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area of France. It is a very popular city to visit in this area of France and they have many great accommodations for tourists. There are several things to see and do while in this city. From great historical sites to fascinating and beautiful gardens, there is something for everyone.

Historical Sites

Hôtel de Ville de Lyon

The Place des Terreaux is a large public square that is part of a UNESCO world heritage site. In the middle of the site is a fountain surrounded by some amazing statues that were sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. The square is also bordered by the amazing Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, which is the city hall for the city of Lyon. This building is very impressive and is a must see!

Another truly impressive building that is a must see is the Cathedral of St John, also known as the Lyon cathedral. This is also a UNESCO world heritage site that was constructed in about 1480. It is also the seat of the archbishop of the city of Lyon. The cathedral showcases both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features. Another incredible cathedral that is worth visiting is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Fourviere. This is also known as Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere, and was built as a way to honor the mercy of the Virgin Mary in sparing the city of Lyon from the plague. This UNESCO world heritage site has amazing and intricate murals inside. It is certainly worth a visit to see this impressive cathedral.

Beautiful Sites

If you are a nature lover, then you can go to the Park of the Golden Head, Parc de la Tête d’Or. There is a rose garden you can walk through and botanical garden. There is even a small zoo where you can go to see some animals. The zoo has about 130 animals all in carefully recreated habitats. Although this is an urban park, it is large at 117 hectares and is a place you must see if you are interested in nature. It is a nice break to stop and look at the beauty of the garden after spending the day wondering the streets and looking at the historical sites of the city.

Another worthwhile trip to make is to see an ancient Roman theater. The Le Theatre Antique de Lyon is found leaning against Fourvière hill. This UNESCO world heritage site is a theater that back in the day could hold at least 10,000 spectators. Now it is a work of art that should be seen and admired while on your trip to Lyon.

These are a few of the great sites that you can visit and see in the city of Lyon. What is clear is that no matter what your interests, there is something to be seen in a visit to Lyon. If you are able to make it to this quaint town, be sure to check out a few of these interesting spots.

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