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Vieux Lyon, Lyon

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#2 of 496 in Historic Sites in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
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Exquisite preservation of Vieux Lyon allows you to walk back in time to the 16th century. Narrow streets are flanked by solid rows of earth-toned buildings, flower-boxed windows, and balconies with wooden balastrades. Wander through meandering, roofed passages, called "traboules," on a hunt for the Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean. The Romanesque structure next to the cathedral is the Manecanterie, a museum showcasing the cathedral’s treasures. The Saint Jean quarter, where you'll find these historic buildings, was the epicenter of French political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it is the focal point of Lyon culture where the Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets displays its curiosities in a 15th-century architectural masterpiece. Add to that charming street performers and quaint cafes. Take a tour of the former commercial center of the city, settled by wealthy Italian bankers and silk merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, you’ll bask in the shadows of the luxurious hôtels particuliers, once the homes of influential tycoons. One of these, the Hôtel de Gadagne, is the residence of the Lyon History Museum and the International Puppet Museum. Before you head to Lyon, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lyon trip itinerary planning site, to make sure you see all that Lyon has to offer, including Vieux Lyon.
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  • There are many hidden secrets in the twisty, winding streets of old Lyon. Discover for yourself by taking a guided tour or just wander through the streets to take in the history and the quirkiness of....  more
    There are many hidden secrets in the twisty, winding streets of old Lyon. Discover for yourself by taking a guided tour or just wander through the streets to take in the history and the quirkiness of....  more »
  • Very nice neighborhood to walk and eat. Take a walk also by night beacuse its very alive and full of people. Eat traditional food in one of the local restaurant. 
    Very nice neighborhood to walk and eat. Take a walk also by night beacuse its very alive and full of people. Eat traditional food in one of the local restaurant.  more »

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