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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Les Subsistances

At the start of the 17th c., the Order of the Visitation occupied the Couvent Sainte Marie des Chaînes. This convent was taken over by the Army in...

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon (CNSMD)

The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (Lyon CNSMD) is located in a listed historical monument. In the seventeenth...

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...

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...

The Part-Dieu district

Vast agricultural domain, property of the countess of Servient, around a strengthened farm, a farm and a domain were destroyed in 1874. Sold in 1843...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fort de Vaise

The fort was built between 1830 and 1834. The building, made from Couzon stone, includes an entrance with an observation bunker from 1847, prison...

Eglise Saint Bruno lès Chartreux

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

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