All the different districts in Lyon abound with treasures, past and present! If you enjoy architecture and all its different styles, you're in for a real treat!

Lyon is the result of 2,000 years of history, and is still growing and preserving the fruits of its past, which explains why it now ranks on UNESCO's world heritage list.

Civil and religious sites and monuments, the oldest of which date back to antiquity, are dotted throughout the city's various districts.

Numerous great architects have helped embellish the city over the centuries: Philibert de l'Orme, Soufflot, Jules Hardoin-Mansart, Tony Garnier, Pierre Bossan, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Mario Botta, Daniel Buren, Renzo Piano… they were also assisted by anonymous talents, such as the stonemasons who carved their initials on the slabs of stone that form the cathedral walls. Can you identify them?

Here are some of the loveliest and/or most original, and well worth seeing.

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The Old Lyon district

It is since 1964 the 1st conservation area of France and one of the vastest groups Renaissance of Europe, 24 ha. At the foot of the slopes of the hill...

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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Roman Theatres of Lyon

The place in which Lugdunum was founded in 43 BC by Munatius Plancus includes the Grand Théâtre (tragedies and comedies), the Odéon (music, reading),...

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Courtyards and Traboules of Vieux-Lyon

Traboules, these shortcuts in the form of internal passage, allow to communicate from a street to the other one by crossing one or several buildings...

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Opéra de Lyon

Topped by a majestic dome, the old theatre was restored by Jean Nouvel. He tripled the size of the building by digging out five levels beneath the...

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...

Lyon – part of UNESCO’s World Heritage

Since its foundation by the Romans in 43 BCE, on Fourvière Hill, the city has expanded from west to east, building on the advantages offered by its...

Grand Hôtel Dieu

This colossal project to create a lifestyle and leisure space in the city centre has given a new lease of life to the former hospital building listed...

The Presqu'Ile district

It is bounded South by the street Franklin, the district of Ainay and its abbey and includes the city center and the fashion designers in the street...

Le Quartier de la Croix-Rousse

This district includes a hill, in continuation of the Peninsula, " the Slopes of Croix-Rousse " (include in the district of the UNESCO world heritage)...

Le Théâtre des Célestins

The theatre is a fine example of an Italian-styled theatre and offers the public a wide variety of plays, ranging from classical repertory to...

Place Bellecour

47,520 m², 264 x 180 m square without streets or pavements and 67,128 m², 306 x 206 m with. It is the 3rd biggest square in France (after Place de la...

Courtyards and Traboules of Croix-Rousse

These shortcuts, in the form of internal passage, allow to communicate from a street to the other one by crossing one or several buildings and run....

L'Ile Barbe

The Barbe Island is situated in the middle of the Saône, in the 9th district of Lyon, Saint-Rambert-l'Île-Barbe (old town annexed in 1963). Its name...

River Sâone banks

Make the most of the peace and quiet of the banks of the Saône thanks to the pedestrian promenade, and its alternating urban and pastoral...

The Confluence district

The southern tip of Lyon’s central peninsula, long devoted to manufacturing and transport, is the focus of an unprecedented project of urban...

Lyon City Hall

Thomas Blanchet (1614-1689) accomplished one of the most beautiful painted Baroque decors in France here in around 1655. Jules Hardouin-Mansart also...

Palais du Commerce & Bourse

With a surface area of 11500 m², the Palais du Commerce et la Bourse, known as the “Salle de la Corbeille”, was built between 1854 and 1860 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.

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