Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #5 in Lyon, France


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Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 11.1 km
Ascend 270 m
Descend 347 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: 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)

287 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: 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)

260 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 3: Odéon

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The Odeon of Lyon is a small ancient Roman theatre near the summit of the Fourvière hill in Lyon, France. It forms a pair with the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, one of only two such pairs in Gaul. Along with other buildings in Lyon, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998, protecting Lyon's long history as a powerful city and its unique architecture.

Wikipedia: Odeon of Lyon (EN)

166 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Théâtre Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

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The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is a Roman theatre in Lyon, France. It was built on the hill of Fourvière, which is located in the center of the Roman city. The theatre is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site protecting the historic center of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (EN)

170 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Prétendu Sanctuaire de Cybèle

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The basilical insula is the name given by its inventor Amable Audin to a site that hosted several Roman constructions, in the ancient district of Fourvière in Lyon, France. Overlooking the ancient theatre, it was excavated from 1925 onwards by several archaeologists and then largely excavated by Audin between 1965 and 1978. The identification of the ruins discovered has been the subject of various interpretations, both historical and speculative, but its purpose remains unknown. Thus, many names have been conferred on this complex space, including the Augustan basilical insula, the temple of Cybele, the sanctuary of Cybele, Agrippa's praetorium and the governor's palace.

Wikipedia: Sanctuaire de Cybèle (FR)

473 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 6: Le Jardin de la Visitation

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Le Jardin de la Visitation

Parc des Hauteurs is an urban park on Fourvière hill in Lyon, France. It encompasses the public spaces between the basilique de Fourvière and Loyasse cemetery.

Wikipedia: Parc des Hauteurs (EN)

489 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 7: Lugdunum Musée et Théâtres Romains

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Lugdunum Musée et Théâtres Romains

Lugdunum, formerly known as the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière or Museum of Roman Civilisation, is a museum of Gallo-Roman civilisation in Lyon. Previously presented at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and the Antiquarium, the municipal Gallo-Roman collection was transferred to a new building designed by Bernard Zehrfuss and opened in 1975, near the city's Roman theatre and odeon, on a hill known as Fourvière, located in the heart of the Roman city. Internally, it is formed of a concrete spiral ramp descending and branching out into the display rooms. It is managed and operated by the Metropolis of Lyon jointly with the archaeological museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal. As well as displaying its own permanent collections of Roman, Celtic and pre-Roman material, a plan-relief of the ancient town and scale models of its major monuments such as the theatre and the Odeon, it also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. On November 8, 2017, the museum was renamed Lugdunum.

Wikipedia: Lugdunum (museum) (EN), Website

378 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 8: Espace culturel du christianisme à Lyon

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The Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon (ECCLY), or Musée de l'Antiquaille, is an interpretation center for the history of Christianity located on the hill of Fourvière in Lyon, France, at 49 montée Saint-Barthélemy.

Wikipedia: Espace culturel du christianisme à Lyon (FR), Website

616 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 9: Musées Gadagne

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Gadagne and its two museums form a museum complex in Lyon, France. Located in the 5th arrondissement in the Saint-Jean district, one of the three districts of Old Lyon with Saint-Paul and Saint-Georges, it is located in the Hôtel des Pierrevive, renamed "Hôtel de Gadagne". Gadagne is home to two museums of France, the MHL - Musée d'Histoire de Lyon and the MAM - Musée des arts de la Marionnette, a small theater with a program of puppet theater shows and lectures, a shop, a café-restaurant, and a hanging garden overlooking the city.

Wikipedia: Musées Gadagne (FR), Website

42 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Horloge Charvet

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Horloge Charvet

The Charvet clock, also known as the "Guignols clock", is a clock installed since 1864 in Lyon in France.

Wikipedia: Horloge Charvet (FR)

89 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Temple du Change

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The Temple du Change or Loge du Change, formerly used for the stock exchange of Lyon, stands in Vieux Lyon. It was originally built after plans by architect Simon Gourdet between 1631 and 1653, then rebuilt under the direction of Jacques-Germain Soufflot in 1748–1750. It has been assigned to Protestant worship since 1803, hence its designation Temple. As part of Vieux Lyon, the building was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other districts in the historic centre of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Temple du Change (EN), Website

215 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: La Tour Rose

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La Tour Rose Auteur inconnuUnknown author permission= / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Maison du Crible, also known as the "pink tower" because of its ochre-colored staircase, is a building located at 16 rue du Bœuf, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon, France. Located in the heart of Old Lyon (Saint-Jean), it is one of the most remarkable buildings in the district because of its ochre color, the tower that adorns it and gives it its name. The most illustrious of the residents was the King of France Henri IV, who stayed there for a few days in 1600, when he married Marie de Medici, celebrated less than 300 meters from the house, at the primatial church of Saint-Jean. It has been classified as a historical monument since 1937. It is home to the French Orthodox parish. The restaurant La Tour rose, originally on the ground floor of the building and now moved to another address on rue du Bœuf, takes its name from the stair tower.

Wikipedia: Traboule de la Tour Rose (FR)

147 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: Musée Cinéma & Miniature

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The Musée Miniature et Cinéma, formerly the Musée des miniatures et sets de cinéma, is a private museum founded in 2005 by the miniaturist artist Dan Ohlmann. It is located at 60 rue Saint-Jean in Lyon, housed in the listed historic building of the former Maison des avocats. Since December 8, 2021, it has been managed by Julien Dumont.

Wikipedia: Musée Miniature et Cinéma (FR), Website

40 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 14: Hôtel d'Estaing

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The Maison du Chamarier, also known as Hôtel d'Estaing, is a house at 37 rue Saint-Jean in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon, at the corner of Rue de la Bombarde. It was built in 1498 but the ancient ruins are from the thirteenth century. From Latin cameriarus, the word "Chamarier" means the superintendent of the finances of the bishop of the Lyon Cathedral. He also owns the keys to the gates of the enclosure canonical. From the fifteenth century, he gathered the taxes collected during the fairs.

Wikipedia: Maison du Chamarier (EN)

114 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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)

136 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: 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)

431 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 19: 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 20: 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)

327 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 21: 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 22: 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)

389 meters / 5 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)

485 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 24: Basilique Saint-Bonaventure

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The Église Saint-Bonaventure is one of the churches of the quarter Presqu'île, located on the Place des Cordeliers, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. This is the only medieval building not demolished after the creation of the rue Impériale, under the Second Empire by the prefect Claude-Marius Vaïsse.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Bonaventure (EN)

268 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 25: Musée de l'Imprimerie et de la communication graphique

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Musée de l'Imprimerie et de la communication graphique

The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication is one of the museums in Lyon whose main missions are to enrich, preserve, document and promote the book and graphic heritage to various audiences. Two banners mark the entrance to the Hôtel de la Couronne, the headquarters of the Musée de l'Imprimerie, located at 13, rue de la Poulaillerie.

Wikipedia: Musée de l'imprimerie et de la communication graphique (FR), Website, Website

770 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 26: 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 27: 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)

1213 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 28: Ancienne Gare des Brotteaux

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The Gare des Brotteaux is an old railway station located in the Brotteaux quarter, in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Les Brotteaux station (EN)

865 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 29: Fresque Le Jardin d'en Face

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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)

1478 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 30: Parc de la Tête d'Or

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The Parc de la Tête-d'Or is a public urban park located in Lyon, one of the largest in France. The work of the brothers Denis and Eugène Bühler, the park was opened in 1857 while the work was not completed. It is exactly contemporary with New York's Central Park, created in the same year. The park was enriched with many buildings such as the large greenhouses in 1865, the velodrome, the guards' chalet and the park chalet in 1894, the fence in 1896, the collection greenhouses in 1899, the war memorial on Île aux Cygnes between 1914 and 1930 and the new rose garden between 1961 and 1964.

Wikipedia: Parc de la Tête d'or (FR)


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