Lyon has been growing and evolving for 2,000 years!

From the ancient theatres and abundant ruins that date back to Gallo-Roman times, winding through the Middle Ages and Renaissance influences in Vieux-Lyon, from the classical buildings on the Presqu'île, to the canuts and silk manufacturing workshops in the Croix-Rousse…Over time, the city stretched itself along the banks of the river Saône, later encompassing the Rhône and beyond, and today has reached the Confluence area, all while managing to preserve its precious heritage.

Religious heritage

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...


Each one has helped shape the city, present and future, leaving their own unique and prestigious mark throughout.


Officially established in 43 BC in Fourvière (from the Latin "forum vetus", meaning "ancient forum"), the Roman colony of Lugdunum evolved to become...


Nowadays, Vieux-Lyon, where Gothic and Renaissance styles reign supreme, is still charming visitors with its cobbled alleyways, courtyards, staircase...

Remarkable sites and monuments

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...

Lyon’s traboules and courtyards

A quick introduction to traboules, courtyards and miraboules!

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