Tourist guide to Lyon

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière bjaglin/Flickr

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière ©bjaglin/Flickr

Lyon, the second largest conurbation of France, is a majestic tourist destination. The capital of gastronomy of France, Lyon attracts numerous visitors each year. It is a city abundant in unique landmarks. Lyon is famous for being home to some wonderful architectural and historical landmarks, being also a great UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to landmarks dating from Antiquity up to modern times. Whether you are interested in Roman sights, Renaissance churches, gorgeous museums or modern buildings, you will find every type of landmarks in Lyon. Read this tourist guide to Lyon to find out more about this fascinating city’s attractions.

The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

The impressive Roman amphitheatre of Lyon is an ancient structure built near the hill of Fourvière. It was built in two stages: began in about 15 BC, the place for the audience was added in the 2nd century. Located in the city center, the ruined structure is an important landmark of Lyon. It hosts the festival named “Nuits de Fourvière”. You shouldn’t miss this amazing landmark.

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière bjaglin/Flickr

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière ©bjaglin/Flickr

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

One of the numerous religious buildings of Lyon, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a remarkable landmark of the city. It sits on the top of the Fourvière hill. The terrace of the basilica offers gorgeous views over the city. Built in the 19th century, the basilica has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998. It is famous for housing a golden statue of Virgin Mary.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Peter Broster/Flickr

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ©Peter Broster/Flickr

The Botanical Gardens of Lyon

Located in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, the Botanical Gardens of Lyon was founded in 1857. It is considered the largest municipal botanical garden of the country. The garden houses about 15,000 plants, including 3500 plants of temperate regions, 1800 species of alpine plants, a hundred species of wild roses, not to mention the 6,000 species of plants in the greenhouses. The botanical garden is open from Monday to Friday and the admission is free.

The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

As the most important museum of the city, the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon is one of the largest art galleries of the country. The museum is housed within the Palais Saint Pierre. It presents fantastic collections of paintings of famous painters like Rubens, Monet, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Delacroix, Picasso, Van Gogh and so on. The museum is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 10:30 to 18:00. (December 2013)

The Fine Arts Museum of Lyon dalbera/Flickr

The Fine Arts Museum of Lyon ©dalbera/Flickr

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