When you hear the word French, what comes to your mind is the beauty of the city of Paris with the Eiffel tower, the Louvre museum, and the charming Arc de Triomphe. Eits, not only Paris, but France also has other cities that are no less beautiful, you know!
One of them is Lyon, a city that also has a myriad of interesting tourist destinations to visit. Starting from museums, cathedrals, and secret passages, to the largest city parks in France, are here. Come on, see the reviews!
- Vieux Lyon
Past, Lyon was once the center of the silk industry in Europe in the 15th to 17th centuries. Many traders from other countries visited, and even settled in Lyon. They also built settlements in a gothic and classical style.
Until now, you can still see this settlement in Vieux Lyon, also known as the old city of Lyon. Very interesting to visit, here!
- Traboules of Lyon
Want to feel like walking down a secret passage like a Hollywood movie? The Traboules of Lyon is a great place to visit. The city of Lyon has about 400 traboules, aka secret closed passages, but not all of them are open to the public.
In the 19th century, these alleys were used as shortcuts for textile workers to arrive at their destinations faster and protected from bad weather. Then, the Traboules of Lyon changed its function as a secret meeting place during the 2nd world war, you know!
- Musee des Confluences
This museum is one of the icons of the city of Lyon. How not, the uniquely shaped building with transparent glass lining will steal the attention of anyone who sees it.
The Musée des Confluences is a type of museum that displays a collection of items related to science and humanities. In this museum, you can learn about planet earth, the theory of evolution, humans, and natural history.
- Notre-Dame Basilica of Fourvière
This magnificent and classic church with Byzantine, Gothic, and Roman architectural styles was built in 1872. This church also has 4 towers as high as 48 meters, you know! The dome and glass lining the towers add to the beauty of the Basilica Notre-Dame of Fourvière.
The inside of this building is also covered with marble and granite of various colors and silver and gold accents that make this church even more magnificent. The beauty and historical value of this church have made the Basilica Notre-Dame of Fourvière registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Very cool, yes!
- Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Located in the heart of Lyon, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is a museum that exhibits a wide variety of works of art that are sure to delight the eyes of art lovers. The year 1801 marked the establishment of this magnificent museum.
Various kinds of paintings, sculptures, antiques, medals, coin collections, to gemstones are also found in this museum, you know!
- Parc de la Tete d’Or
Not just any park, the Parc de la Tete d’Or is the largest city park in France, you know! Built-in 1857, this park is perfect for unwinding after a long day of walking around.
Parc de la Tete d’Or is also equipped with a zoo, greenhouses that store various types of parks, lakes with boats, to miniature railroad tracks. There are lots of activities you can do here.
- The Presqu’île
The Presqu’île is the heart of Lyon located between the Rhône and Saône rivers. Shops, restaurants, theaters, and museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon are also in this area, you know! Not only that, but there are also buildings, monuments, and fountains typical of the 19th century here. It’s very complete!
- Opera de Lyon
The Opéra de Lyon is a contemporary style theater that was renovated in 1993 by the architect Jean Nouvel. This building with a cylindrical roof covered in glass is sure to steal your attention when you see it.
When there is a show, the glass roof will glow red. The main hall of this building can accommodate 1,100 spectators in it, you know! Theater lovers must feel the sensation of watching a show in this theater building, here!
- Cathedral of St-Jean-Baptiste
This classic Romanesque and Gothic cathedral is located in the Vieux Lyon district. The Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste was built over more than 3 centuries, you know! Completed in 1480, the magnificent and classic architecture of this cathedral deserves thumbs up
There is also an astronomical clock from the 16th century which is interesting to look at. In the Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste, there is also a row of stained glass windows that have a story in each carving.
Those are 9 tourist destinations in Lyon that are a pity to miss when traveling to France. Which place would you most like to visit?