Lyon was founded by the Romans on Fourviere Hill and if to look attentively, you still may notice some features of those times. At first the city was called Lugdunum, which in Latin means 'the city of light'. Even now Lyon proves its name, when in the evenings more than a hundred of houses light up, and it seems to that you've got into a fairy-tale.
The most pleasant way of visiting points of interest in Lyon is surely on foot. This way, you'll not only see with your own eyes all that places you've heard before, but you'll also have an opportunity to watch the everyday life of the city. The weather here is usually fine: it's neither too hot nor too cold. While going along just a one boulevard, tourists can face buildings of two or sometimes even three architect periods. The place at Fourviere Hill is of Gallo-Roman era, Vieux Lyon is typical district in French Renaissance style. In the 15th century Vieux Lyon was the trade center of the ancient Lyon and played an important role in the life of the city. Everybody knew that it was the best place to buy some high-quality silk. The special charm of the city is created by the covered Renaissance passage-ways that were so much popular with lovers in 15th century and at the times of the Second World War became the escape routes.
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