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Lyon Attractions

African Museum of Lyon

The oldest museum in France specifically dedicated to Africa, the African Museum of Lyon (Musée Africain) was founded in 1863 by the Société ...  Read more

Ancient Theatre of Fourviere

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The oldest Roman theater in France, Lyon’s Ancient Theatre of Fourvière was built under the orders of Augustus and expanded in Hadrian’s time. Completed ...  Read more

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

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A gleaming retro-Byzantine confection of Roman columns and religious iconography, the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is visible, by design, from ...  Read more

Cathedrale St Jean

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Though overshadowed by the ornate Basilica Notre Dame, the Romanesque-Gothic beauty of the Cathedrale St Jean is the more ancient and important of Lyon's ...  Read more

Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation

After Northern France fell to the Nazis, Lyon became the seat of the French Resistance. Information, arms, and supplies flowed across the mountains and into ...  Read more

Lumière Institute

When Lyon brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière created the world’s first “cinématographe” in 1895, it sparked the beginning of film. At the ...  Read more

Lyon Ampitheatre Gallo-Romain

Lyon (Lugdunum) was originally founded as a Roman city in 43 BC, strategically located atop Fourvière Hill, with views across the Rhône and ...  Read more

Lyon Musee des Beaux Arts

4 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

This elegant art museum, the Lyon Musee des Beaux Arts, housed in a 17th century palace designed for the Royal Abbess of the Dames de Saint Pierre, and later ...  Read more

Modern Art Museum

Based in the Cité Internationale district by the river Rhône, Lyon’s Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon) showcases ...  Read more

Museum of Fine Arts

Lyon’s Museum of Fine Art (Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon) is one of Europe’s most important museums. With over 70 rooms, the huge permanent collection ...  Read more

Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Draped around the ancient Roman edifices atop Fourviére Hill, this enchanting Rennaissance-era neighborhood of beautifully preserved buildings is without ...  Read more

Opera de Lyon

More than just an events venue, the Opera Nouvel is an architectural achievement. The original arcades of the original 1756 edifice remain, but it is the ...  Read more

Palais de Justice

Located on the grand Quai Romain Rolland, Lyon’s Palais de Justice hails back to 1842 and is as famous for its architecture as it is for the trials that go ...  Read more

Place Bellecour

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

At the heart of Lyon is Place Bellecour, an enormous, unbroken brick expanse (the third largest square in France) sprawled between the Saône and the ...  Read more

Théâtre des Célestins

Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins (Théâtre de Lyon) is as famous for its design as it is for its theater program, which showcases ...  Read more

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