Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #4 in Lyon, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 10.1 km
Ascend 277 m
Descend 374 m

Experience Lyon in France in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Lyon

Sight 1: Église Saint-Irénée

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The Saint Irenaeus Church, Lyon, located on the heights of Lyon in the neighborhood of St. Irenaeus, is one of the oldest churches in France. It is named for Irenaeus first Bishop of Lyon and Primate of Gaul.

Wikipedia: Saint Irenaeus Church, Lyon (EN)

210 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: Mausolée romain de Satrius

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The tomb of Turpio is a Roman tomb that is part of a set of ten funeral monuments discovered at the exit of Lyon in 1885, during clearing work in the Saint-Just district. This set is to be linked to ancient trion necropolises.

Wikipedia: Tombeau de Turpio (FR)

135 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Site archéologique de Saint-Just Les Minimes

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Site archéologique de Saint-Just Les Minimes

The Basilica of Saint-Just also known as Saint-Just basilica or the Maccabees Basilica was one of the oldest and most powerful churches in the city of Lyon until it was destroyed during the French Wars of Religion.

Wikipedia: Basilica of Saint Justus (EN)

47 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Fresque Les basiliques de Saint-Just

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The list of painted walls in Lyon is a non-exhaustive list of exterior murals in the Rhône department and the metropolis of Lyon. In everyday language, these "painted walls" are also called trompe-l'oeil or fresco.

Wikipedia: Liste de murs peints lyonnais (FR)

348 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: Thermes Gallo-romains

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Thermes Gallo-romains

The Ancient Baths of Lyon refer to several Roman thermal establishments located in Lyon, France. The most important of those discovered is that of the rue des Farges built on the side of the hill of Fourvière, possibly referred to as the baths of Apollo according to a tenuous set of clues.

Wikipedia: Thermes antiques de Lyon (FR)

91 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Église Saint-Just

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The church of Saint-Just or Saint-Just of the Maccabees church, is a church in Lyon, France. It is located at 41 rue des Farges, in Lyon and until 2014, the church hosted the "French-speaking Orthodox parish of the Holy Encounter", a parish of the Orthodox Byzantine rite dependent on the patriarchate of Constantinople.

Wikipedia: Church of Saint-Just, Lyon (EN)

195 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Place des Minimes et parc St Just

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The Place des Minimes is a square located in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon, France

Wikipedia: Place des Minimes (FR)

836 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 8: Historic Site of Lyon

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Vieux Lyon is the largest Renaissance district of Lyon. In 1964, Vieux-Lyon, the city's oldest district, became the first site in France to be protected under the Malraux law to protect France's cultural sites. Covering an area of 424 hectares between the Fourvière hill and the river Saône, it is one of Europe's most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods. There are three distinct sections: Saint Jean, Saint Paul and Saint Georges. In 1998, Vieux Lyon was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other districts in Lyon because of its historical importance and architecture.

Wikipedia: Vieux Lyon (EN), Heritage Website

504 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 9: Manécanterie

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The Manécanterie is an ancient monument situated in Lyon in Saint Jean district, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. It is placed side by side to the south southwest of the cathedral Saint Jean and is a part of the former convent of the cathedral. This small Romanesque building served first as dining hall to the canons of Saint Jean, before becoming a parish choir school, namely a school for the singing of the clergy. In 1998, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other notable buildings in historic Lyon as a testimony to Lyon's long history and unique architecture.

Wikipedia: Manécanterie, Lyon (EN)

96 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Cathédrale Saint-Jean

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Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located on Place Saint-Jean in central Lyon, France. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. Begun in 1180 on the ruins of a 6th-century church, it was completed in 1476. Despite its long construction time, it has a relatively consistent architectural style. In 1998, the building, along with other historic sites in the center of Lyon, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Wikipedia: Lyon Cathedral (EN)

39 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 11: Église Sainte-Croix de Lyon

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The Church of Sainte-Croix in Lyon is a Catholic religious building destroyed in the nineteenth century. It is the northernmost church of the Lyon episcopal group, including the Saint-Jean cathedral and the former Saint-Étienne church, and the remains of its foundations can be seen in the adjoining archaeological park.

Wikipedia: Ancienne église Sainte-Croix de Lyon (FR)

13 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 12: Église Saint-Étienne

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Église Saint-Étienne

The church of Saint-Étienne de Lyon, destroyed after the French Revolution, is probably the oldest church in Lyon. It belongs to the cathedral group of Lyon and is located north of the primatial church of Saint-Jean and south of the church of Sainte-Croix. It includes the ancient baptistery that adjoined the cathedral.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Étienne de Lyon (FR)

122 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Palais archiépiscopal

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The Archiepiscopal Palace of Lyon, or Palais Saint-Jean, is a building of medieval origin located in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. Home of the bishops and archbishops of Lyon for many centuries, it has undergone many developments. Confiscated during the Revolution, it was used from 1974 to store the municipal archives of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Palais archiépiscopal de Lyon (FR)

430 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 14: Église Saint-Georges

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The Église Saint-Georges is a Roman Catholic church located on the Place François-Bertras, in the Vieux Lyon quarter, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. It is under the direction of the Primatiale parish and was named in honor of Saint George. The cathedral is near the Place Benoît-Crépu, between the quarter of the Quarantaine and Saint-Jean quarters.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Georges de Lyon (EN), Website

754 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 15: Basilique funéraire Saint-Laurent de Choulans

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Saint-Laurent-de-Choulans is an archaeological site located in Lyon at the foot of the entrance to the Fourvière tunnel, and dates from the Merovingian period. This site includes the remains of a church surrounded by a fenced Christian necropolis, with an area of 0.5 to 1 ha.

Wikipedia: Basilique funéraire Saint-Laurent de Choulans (FR)

778 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 16: Basilique Saint-Martin d'Ainay

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The Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is a Romanesque church in Ainay in the Presqu'île district in the historic centre of Lyon, France. A quintessential example of Romanesque architecture, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other notable buildings in the centre of Lyon as a testimony to Lyon's long history as an important European town and unique blend of architectural styles.

Wikipedia: Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay (EN), Website

411 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 17: Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs

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The Musée des Tissus is located in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, at 34 rue de la Charité, along with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Wikipedia: Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs (FR), Website

302 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 18: Église Saint-François-de-Sales

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Église Saint-François-de-Sales

The Church of Saint-François de Sales is a Catholic church dedicated to Saint Francis de Sales, located at 11 rue Auguste-Comte in the Ainay district, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-François-de-Sales de Lyon (FR)

361 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 19: Statue équestre de Louis XIV

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Statue équestre de Louis XIV

The Monument to Louis XIV is a bronze equestrian statue of Louis XIV made by the sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot located on the Place Bellecour in Lyon, dating from 1825. It has been listed as a historical monument since 25 March 2016.

Wikipedia: Statue équestre de Louis XIV (Lyon) (FR)

119 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 20: Veilleur de pierre

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Stone Watcher is a sculpture by the sculptor Georges Salendre and the architect Louis Thomas, installed in 1948 at the intersection of rue Gasparin and place Bellecour in Lyon. It is a memorial to the French internal resistance recalling the assassination by the Germans of resistance fighters Albert Chambonnet, Gilbert Dru, Léon Pfeffer, René Bernard and Francis Chirat precisely at the location of the sculpture, on July 27, 1944.

Wikipedia: Veilleur de pierre (FR)

497 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 21: Théâtre des Célestins

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Théâtre des Célestins

The Théâtre des Célestins is a theatre building on Place des Célestins in Lyon, France. It was designed by Gaspard André, and inaugurated in 1877, then in 2005. Alongside the Comédie-Française and the théâtre de l'Odéon, it is one of few theatres with over 200 years' continual usage in France. It is now a municipal theatre directly run by the City of Lyon. It has a contemporary and classical repertoire as well as producing new work.

Wikipedia: Théâtre des Célestins (EN), Website

343 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 22: Fontaine des Jacobins

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The Place des Jacobins is a square located in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. It was created in 1556 and a fountain was added in 1856. The square belongs to the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. According to Jean Pelletier, this square is one of the most famous in Lyon, because of its location in the center of the 2nd arrondissement and its heavy traffic, as 12 streets lead here. The square, particularly its architecture and its features, has changed its appearance many times throughout years.

Wikipedia: Place des Jacobins (EN)

353 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 23: Chapelle de l'Hôtel-Dieu

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Chapelle de l'Hôtel-Dieu Chabe01 / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Notre-Dame-de-Pitié Chapel, more commonly known as the Hôtel-Dieu Chapel, is a religious building located in the Bellecour district, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, which belongs to the Hospices civils de Lyon. It is sometimes called the church of the Hôtel-Dieu because it is attached to the Basilica of Saint Bonaventure and previously to the parish of Saint-Nizier.

Wikipedia: Chapelle de l'Hôtel-Dieu (Lyon) (FR)

767 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 24: Le Café du Rhône

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The Café du Rhône is a café-restaurant located at 23 quai Victor-Augagneur in Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: Café du Rhône (FR)

428 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 25: Grand Temple

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The Grand Temple de Lyon, also known as the Temple des Brotteaux, is a Protestant place of worship located on the left bank of the Rhône, 3 quai Victor-Augagneur, in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon. The parish is a member of the United Protestant Church of France.

Wikipedia: Grand Temple de Lyon (FR), Website

704 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 26: Chapelle Sainte-Croix de Lyon

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The Chapel of the Holy Cross or Chapel of the Missionaries of Notre-Dame is a Byzantine-style building located in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon. Raised in memory of the victims of the siege of Lyon in 1793, it belongs to the Commission of the Religious Monument of Brotteaux, an association under the law of 1901.

Wikipedia: Chapelle Sainte-Croix de Lyon (FR)

653 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 27: Bourse du Travail

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The Bourse du Travail is a 1,950-capacity theatre located in Lyon, France. Built in 1929, it was designated a monument historique in 1989. Some of the artists that performed at the venue include Asia, Mötley Crüe, Blue Öyster Cult, Iggy Pop and Metallica.

Wikipedia: Bourse du Travail (Lyon) (EN), Website

102 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 28: Le Buisson Ardent

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Le Buisson Ardent

The Burning Bush is a fountain designed by Geneviève Böhmer located in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: Le Buisson ardent (Böhmer) (FR)

478 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 29: Auditorium Maurice-Ravel

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The Maurice Ravel Auditorium is a concert hall located in Part-Dieu, the 3rd district of Lyon. It was originally built for the National Orchestra of Lyon and is their residence hall. It is also one of the first buildings in France to be built with Prestressed concrete.

Wikipedia: Auditorium Maurice-Ravel (EN), Website


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