Fast Facts

  • Location: In Rhone Alpes area in East-Central France
  • Attraction Type: Medieval historic town
  • Significance: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Best Time to visit: May to October
  • How to Reach: By rail or road to Lyons
  • Nearest International Airport: Lyons International Airport

Vieux Lyons is renowned for one of the largest European Renaissance quarters. This medieval district in Central France became one of the foremost protected sites of France in 1964. Today it is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage region.

The quarter of Vieux Lyons in France spreading over the hill slopes of Fourviere is arranged around three monuments, namely Saint Georges Church, Saint-Jean Cathedral, and Saint Paul Church. Saint Jean Cathedral built in the 15th century is the oldest among the three and stands out because of its traditional Gothic architecture. The huge clock and the stained glass window in the shape of a rose are particularly remarkable. Saint Paul church also constructed during the 15th century is characterized by its eight-sided bell tower and lovely frescos. The extraordinary acoustics of the building allows the arrangements of concerts throughout the year.

Out of the three Saint Georges Church is the latest being built by architect Bossan in the 19th century. However, the buildings surrounding this church date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Vieux Lyons Activities
Explore this historic town on foot or bicycles. The Gadagne Mansion constructed in the 16th century housed the International Museum of Puppets, and the Historical Museum of Lyons. Loge du Change built nearby during the 17th century was used by merchants and bankers. The Chamarier House that you discover was used for collecting taxes in trade fairs. The Palais Saint-Jean was used as a residence for the Episcopal. The law offices featured by ornate arches were all housed in Maison des Avocats in the Middle Ages.

The outdoors allows the exciting scope of biking and hiking along hill trails and through the forested landscape.

Accommodation in Vieux Lyons
The best way of discovering this medieval town is by staying in this place for a few days. You might put up in Villemanzy Residence Hotel, Lyons International Residence Center, and Auberge de Jeunesse du Vieux Lyon.

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