2000 years of history

500 hectares classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1998


This Renaissance district, listed by UNESCO, is the largest area of its kind in France. It consists of 3 separate villages: St Georges to the South, St Paul to the North-East and St Jean in the middle.
The area mainly became a town in itself during the 15th and 16th centuries.
A tour enables you to see Saint Jean Cathedral, and then the district itself with its narrow streets, inner courtyards and "Traboules".

Capital of silk weaving

Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. 30.000 silk weavers used to live in Lyon the 19th century.
You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century.
At the silk printing workshop, printers will demonstrate Lyon’s traditional know how.

Association Soierie Vivante (c) Maxime BrochierSoierie Saint-Georges

Fourvière’s basilica (XIXth century)

Major building of Lyon heritage
Built between 1872 and 1896, by the architects Pierre Bossan and Sainte-Marie Perrin.
Its style is eclectic: austere outside and richly ornamented inside. Discover the mosaics, stained glass windows and marbles.

(c) Julia Bidault(c) Tristan Deschamps
Birthplace of cinema with Lumière brothers

City of Lights

200 sites are artistically lit up on the 8th December during Lyon’s Light Festival

More than 30 museums in the city
Major contemporary architects signatures

Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava...

Le Cube Orange de la Confluence ©Jakob + MacFarlane architectes/©, photo Brice RobertCité Internationale, photo Brice Robert

A true, authentic French city experience!






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