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Lyon Travel Guide

Explore Lyon

Forest of Fontainebleau and Castle

Only 40 minutes away by train from Gare de Lyon, this impressive forest may be one of the most tempting destinations for tourists and locals looking for a getaway.

Cathédrale St-Jean

This beautiful Cathedral was built in the 12th century and was completed in 1476. It was built between 1180 and 1480, and reflects the transition from Romanesque to Gothic in Old Europe.

Notre Dame Basilique

This cathedral is huge and overwhelming when you walk inside. The ceilings are really high, and there are mosaics on all the walls. You can go downstairs and there is another chapel underneath the original one, which is almost as big. It is located at the top of the Fourvière Hill and was built in the 19th century by the architect Bossan.

Hotel Dieu

This building was constructed in the 12th century and in the beginning it was a hospital. Now it is a hotel and has important characteristics, such as its big gardens and the impressive courtyard. It was rebuilt in the 18th century by the architect JG Soufflot.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

This Museum is located in the former Abbey of the Ladies of St-Pierre, in the centre of the city. It houses one of the largest art collections in France, with Ancient and Egyptian art, sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages by artists such as Manet, Monet, Picasso and many others.

City Hall

This building's originally dates from the 16th century. The interior of the City Hall is really amazing and has a beautiful Baroque-style décor. Highlights include Thomas Blachet's 17th century allegorical frescoes and the most impressive room is the ‘Grand Salon’. The bell tower is also impressive, with three of the original bells from the 1675.

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