The 2nd arrondissement is in the heart of the city and the metropolis of Lyon, dynamic from an economic and cultural point of view.

The heritage of the 2nd arrondissement reflects the different periods and partly tells the story of Lyon. It is an integral part of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, and is waiting to be (re) discovered.

 

Walking along the Presqu’île, along the Cordeliers, Bellecour and Perrache disctricts, sometimes Saône and Rhone side, discover the history of the city through the beautiful buildings and monuments that line these neighborhoods.

Théâtre des Célestins, Place Bellecour, Basilique d'Ainay ... and local history museums around printing, textiles and decorative arts ...

Between two visits, let yourself be tempted by some shopping and treats.

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Musée des Confluences

It is one of the latest great contemporary museums which alone are enough to justify a trip to Lyon. So of course, you wouldn't miss this visit for...

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Food and Flower Market Saint Antoine Célestins

Quai St Antoine & quai des Célestins

Along the Saône river, facing the Old Town, it's Lyon's biggest food market, with stalls of small gardeners and farmers.

C'est Lyon qui régale !

The Celestins - Theater of Lyon

As a shrine to dramatic art for more than two centuries, it is a stunning example of an Italian theatre with its horseshoe shaped galleries, its red...

The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication

In a city which was once the capital of bookmaking in the 15th and 16th centuries, the museum offers a unique overview of the history of books and...

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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...

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...

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...

Statue of Louis XIV

“Le Cheval de Bronze” built by the sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot, cast in Paris, was transported to Lyon in 12 days, pulled by 24 horses and set...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Textile Museum - Closed

The Textile Museum has 2000 years of history of textiles (the first collection in the world) and the Museum of Decorative Arts is one of the few...

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La Place des Jacobins

Place des Jacobins – one of the most beautiful squares in Lyon – is located in the heart of the Presqu’île district and within the city’s UNESCO...

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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...

Eglise Saint François de Sales

The church is in a Tuscan or Roman style, built in the 19th c. on the site occupied, before the Revolution, by the Couvent des Filles Pénitentes and...

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