Discover The Charm Of Vieux Lyon And Fourvière

Vieux Lyon and Fourvière are two of the historic districts of Lyon, a beautiful French city founded by the Romans more than two thousand years ago.
Discover the charm of Vieux Lyon and Fourvière

There are so many corners to discover in the world that the list is endless. Today we want you to accompany us to one of the oldest cities in France, Lyon, but especially to its two most famous neighborhoods: Vieux Lyon and Fourvière.

Lyon neighborhoods: Vieux Lyon and Fourvière

View of Lyon

Lyon was founded as a colony by the Romans in 43 BC. Shortly after, and thanks to its strategic location, it became the capital of Gaul. Today it is one of the great cities of France, with four historic neighborhoods: Presqu’île, Croix Rousse, Vieux Lyon and Fourvière.

All of them form a set that is a World Heritage Site. Each of them is different and has different attractions and activities to do and discover. However, the most interesting neighborhoods are Vieux Lyon and Fourvière. Let’s see what each of them offers us!

Vieux Lyon, the most monumental neighborhood

In this neighborhood are the most interesting monumental elements of the city, all of them with Renaissance touches. These are the essentials that you cannot miss:

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist of Lyon
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

It was built between the 12th and 15th centuries and its style is a perfect fusion between Romanesque and Gothic. Its façade is one of the most outstanding aspects thanks to the carved medallions that form it and its large rose window.

In addition, it  will be a pleasure to admire its colorful stained glass windows, the treasure and its astronomical clock, which dates from the 16th century no less. And behind the temple can be the remains of several ancient churches and a 5th century baptistery.


Traboulé in Lyon
Traboulé – Chabe01 /

Don’t you know what traboules are ? They are corridors that cross interior courtyards and serve to connect some buildings with others and the streets in which they are located. Well, in this neighborhood there are dozens of them and they pass through some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Let yourself go and it will surprise you.

Le Petit Musée de Guignol

This is a small museum that is dedicated exclusively to puppetry. It houses a beautiful collection of puppets and you can even enjoy a performance.

Fourvière, a must see in Lyon

The Fourvière hill is the oldest part of the city.  This was where the Romans settled to build that camp that would give rise to the city. For this reason, the remains of that time star in this place. We already visit its charms.

Roman ruins

Roman theater at La Fourviere
Roman theatre

The Odeon stands out, where musical shows were enjoyed and which had a capacity for 3,000 spectators; or the Roman theater, in which plays were held and which was larger, could hold about 10,000 people.

Along with these spaces, we must mention the ancient Roman baths, dating from the 1st century. And the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization should not be missed.

Notre-Dame basilica

Basilica of Notre Dame de Lyon
Notre Dame basilica

This temple, which is named after the cathedral of the French capital is worth a visit. It was built between 1872 and 1896 on top of Trajan’s Roman forum.

It has a neo-Byzantine style and was the work of Pierre Bossan. Its stained glass windows, its mosaics and the crypt of San José stand out. For all this and much more, it is a must-see in Fourvière.

Church of Saint Just

Right in front of the thermal baths you will find the Saint Just church. It was built in the seventeenth century and, although it is not very big, its architecture and colors will attract a lot of attention.

The views

Going up the hill and enjoying its views is something essential that you cannot miss. At your feet you will see the whole city. Take your time, breathe and enjoy. There is nothing better for stress.

Have you already taken note of everything you have to see, do and know in Vieux Lyon and Fourvière? Well, enjoy your trip and let yourself be surprised by this wonderful French city, by its history and by its monuments.

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