Did you know that there were once 11 churches in Vieux-Lyon?

Today, only three remain, which just goes to show the importance of the Church during Medieval times and the Renaissance. And the Presqu'île abounds with Roman and Gothic buildings for you to visit too!

At the end of the 19th century, Pierre Bossan made an indelible mark on Lyon by building his basilica on top of Fourvière hill.

Other religions are also well represented. Among the landmarks that are really worth seeing is the architecture of the modern-day Great Mosque, the temples and synagogues, and there is even a pagoda within close proximity of Lyon!

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Basilica of Fourviere

Fourvière Basilica is an iconic building that overlooks the whole of Lyon. A "Marian fortress" on the outside, the inside is richly decorated with...

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Saint John's Cathedral

The cathedral was built from 1180 to 1480 and is 79m long, 26m wide and 32m high (main arch). Its frontage dates from the start of the 14th c. The...

Eglise Saint Nizier

Built in 177 AD on the site where the martyrs met to break their bread, in 579 it was named Saint Nizier (the bishop buried there). Sacked by the...

Saint Martin d'Ainay Basilica - Abbey

The only Roman church in Lyon from the end of the 11th c., built on the site of the 4th c. Benedictine abbey.

Eglise Saint Bruno lès Chartreux

Enter the only baroque church in Lyon on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse district.

Eglise Saint Bonaventure

Built in 1220, renovated from 1325-1331, it reached its current size at the end of the 15th c. Used to store grain between the Revolution and 1803. It...

Temple du Change

Built from 1748 to 1750 by architect Jean-Baptiste Roche, though the plans and elevations were provided by Soufflot. The Loge du Change was used by...

Chapelle Expiatoire - "La Croix Glorieuse"

Built from 1898 to 1901 and blessed in 1906 by the architect Pascalon in the Neo-Byzantine style. Since 1906, the crypt has housed the bones of...

Eglise Saint Georges

The 19th-c. church was built by the architect Pierre Bossan in a Neo-Gothic style. It is listed as a Historical Monument. It has a 7-bell electric...

Eglise Saint Irénée

5th-c., Carolingian-style shrine where the first Christians met, with the tombs of Irenaeus, Alexander and Epipodius, martyred in Lyon in 178 AD. It...

Grande Mosquée de Lyon

The mosque was inaugurated on September 30, 1994. The architects were Daniel Ballandras and Frédéric Mirabaud. It has a capacity of 1000 people and is...

Grand Temple

The Grand Temple was built from 1880 to 1884 by the architect Gaspard André (1840-1896), as the Temple du Change was growing too small and to take...

Eglise Saint Paul - Chapelle Sainte Marguerite

Built in 549 AD on the remains of a temple of Diana, it was entirely destroyed by the Saracens. Rebuilt from 1084 to 1106, it was finished in the 13th...

Chapelle de la Trinité

One of the most beautiful jewels of the baroque architecture of "Lyon classified as Historic Monument", the chapel is one of vaster that the Jesuits...

Thien Minh Pagoda

Buddhist temple built between 1985 and 1990 financed by gifts from the Vietnamese community and inaugurated on May 9, 1990. It retains the polygonal...

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