Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, Lyon

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A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon impresses with its craftsmanship and its dwarfing nave. At 32.5 m (106.6 ft), the nave stands as a reminder of Lyon's ecclesiastical power. The cathedral was the seat of power in Lyon from the 11th to the 15th centuries. In 1079, the pope granted the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. That is why the cathedral bears the nickname “Primatiale.” The two crosses installed on either side of the altar in 1274 commemorate a union of churches. The Bourbon Chapel built by a son-in-law of Louis XI, are both noteworthy sites inside the cathedral. Plan your Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lyon using our Lyon online trip planner.
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  • The outside of this cathedral is not so great, but inside it is magnificent, so simple, so strikingly tall, so plainly beautiful, giving room for awe and prayer 
    The outside of this cathedral is not so great, but inside it is magnificent, so simple, so strikingly tall, so plainly beautiful, giving room for awe and prayer  more »
  • Was there on a Sunday during Mass. Beautiful stained glass. Very average for European cathedral. Nice area. Not easy to get there. 
    Was there on a Sunday during Mass. Beautiful stained glass. Very average for European cathedral. Nice area. Not easy to get there.  more »
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  • The stained glass colours lead to a very aesthetic interplay of colours on the walls in a church that is an architectural marvel to begin with. Moreover, outside the church you get a great view on the basilique on the hill.
  • A little slice of history in amongst the modern world. A place of inspiration and beauty.

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