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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Auditorium de Lyon

Music comes to the Auditoriumin a variety of forms and a complete freedom, to be enjoyed by one and all. At the heart of this musical venue, the Lyon...

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Halle Tony Garnier

This building, built between 1909 and 1928 by architect Tony Garnier, was used as a slaughterhouse and cattle market until 1967, and known as La...

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Parking des Célestins

In 1996, this car park won the award issued by the European Parking Association for Europe's most remarkable car park renovation project. The...

Préfecture - Hôtel du Département

The Préfecture was built by Antonin Louvier (1818-1892) from 1883 to 1890. Marie-François Sadi Carnot died there on June 25, 1894, after being stabbed...

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...

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...

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...

Statue of Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Built near the street that has born his name since June 29, 2005, the copper statue was created by a sculptor originally from Lyon, Christiane...

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...

Flower Tree

The 85-flower “Flower Tree” bouquet created by the Korean artist Jeong Hwa Choi was exhibited on Place Antonin Poncet during Lyon's contemporary art...

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Perrache District

The Perrache quarter is the southern-most point of the Presqu’Ile, to the south of the Ainay quarter and the UNESCO site. It owes its name to...

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 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...

Building Citroën

The Citroën building, listed as a Historical Monument, was built from 1930 to 1932 by the architect Maurice-Jacques Ravazé, head of the SA André...

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...

Courtyards and Traboules of the Presqu'île

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....

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