Cities of France: Lyon

Administrative center of the Department of Ron, the second city in France and one of the fastest growing urban agglomerations of the country, Lyon (Lyon) lies in the middle of the Rhone River, at the place of its merger with Sona (Saone).

The city was founded in 43 BC. NS. As a Roman colony Lugdunum (named after the Celtic Luga Sun), which occupies a strategically important position in the Rhone Valley (in this place, except for rivers, three Gaul Province converged). Soon he becomes the capital of the country and a large shopping center, and now most French people prefer to come here to work, and not to rest. Nevertheless, this city can offer a tourist no less temptations than the capital or azure coast. The main one is cooking: in the old part of the city there are more restaurants per square meter than anywhere else on the planet, and the number of first-class cooks is no less than in the capital. At the same time, the urban textile museum, nightlife of Lyon, its vintage markets and countless cultural events received wide fame.


The center of Lyon is still considered "Old kernel" – Fifth district (ve) on the West Bank of Sons, as well as its geographical center – the so-called "Peninsula" (PRESQUILE), which is a triangle of the Earth north of the location of the Sons and Rhones. It is within these quarters that the main historical monuments are located – City Hall and Pedestrian Victor-Hugo Street Area, The best museum of the city – Historic Fabric Museum (open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.thirty; entrance – 5 euros) in the old Palace of the Duke Viller (XVIII in.), located next door Museum of Decorative Arts (Opened from Thursday to Sunday, with 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.thirty; Unified ticket with fabric museum), extensive Center for Resistance and Deportation History, Old commercial center – Quarter Mercier (Quartier Merciere) with numerous mansions of the XVI-XVII centuries and the Church of the Saint-Nizier (Saint-Nizier), Museum of typography and banking (Opened from Wednesday on Sunday, with 9.30 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00; Login – 3.8 euros), Museum of Fine Arts (The second on the wealth of the exposition of the country’s museum after the Louvre) in the complex of the Old Benedictine Abbey and Opera House.

Cities of France Lyon

On the territory of the Old Town It is worth visiting the mansion Hotel Paterin (XVI B.) with its picturesque galleries, Museum of History of Lyon In the XV century mansion and the famous Museum of Marionette, Cathedral Saint-Jean (XII-XV centuries.) with the Treasury (now here is a meeting of religious attributes of the V-XIX centuries.), ruins of blurred hill Roman arena II-IV centuries n. NS. (are now used for concerts and festivals), excellent Museum of Gallo-Romance Civilization (open from Thursday to Sunday, from March to October – from 10.00 to 18.00; from November to February – from 10.00 to 17.00; Login – 3.8 euros), Cathedral Notre Dame de Furvey and Bellecour area with the statue of Louis XIV in the appearance of the Roman emperor as well Tour-de-L’Buservatoire Tower From the observation platform.

Occupying hills north "Peninsula" La Crues-Ryus region It is the territory of old weaving factories, which these days have become part of the expensive condominiums, part of the super-modern equipment and are reconstructed by fabrics for the reconstruction of numerous palaces of France. From the old manufactory, only carefully protected private workshop on Soierie Vivante Street, and numerous "Trrabule" (similar to the alley tunnels, originally built as shelters from bad weather for weaving and their priceless silks, which in those days were transferred from one workshop to another) rebuilt in the studio of young couturiers and restaurants.

Cities of France Lyon

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