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Historic city of Lyon, France

From series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
The historic district of Old Lyon is also rich in unique architectural and religious attractions. It is a landmark of world significance thanks to them today. The most active development of the historic district took place during the Renaissance. Most of the historical buildings managed to survive in their original form to this day thanks to the strict policy of the city authorities.

Historic city of Lyon, France St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of these places. It is considered one of the oldest churches in Lyon. The very first church was built in its place in the 6th century. The cathedral building was used by local merchants as a chamber of commerce for some time during the Middle Ages. La Rue Juiverie is considered the most beautiful and interesting street in the historic district. As recent studies have shown, the very first buildings were built on this street in the era of the Roman Empire.

Visitors to the city can see this street as it became after a large-scale reconstruction of the 15th century. The cattle market was located in this place before reconstruction. It was decided to move it to another location in the 15th century. Many luxury homes were built on the street. The wealthiest citizens lived in them afterward. Many interesting museums and galleries are located in the historic district of Old Lyon today.

Gadagne Museum is located in a spectacular building of the 16th century. It presents to the visitors an interesting collection of historical exhibits. Major archaeological research was completed on the territory of the museum not so long ago. The exhibits discovered during this period are also kept in the walls of the old mansion today. Saint-Jean is considered the main street of the old town. Its length is about 500 meters. There are some of the oldest buildings in the historic district here. It is on this street that the spectacular Palais de Justice is located. The beautiful Saint-Jean Cathedral is the main decoration of the street. Its construction was started in the 12th century. It was repeatedly rebuilt until the 17th century. Next - Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

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Nearest airports:
 »  Bron Airport LYN - in 10 km
 »  Saint Exupery Airport LYS - in 21 km
 »  Boutheon Airport EBU - in 47 km
 »  Saint Geoirs Airport GNB - in 59 km
 »  Chambery-Savoie Airport CMF - in 83 km
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Vieux Lyon Cour Renaissance

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With exposed wooden beams and both modern and antique furniture, the studio includes a sleeping mezzanine and a private bathroom. The telephone can … More: photo, rates and booking
Suite Jardin des Plantes

Located in 1 km from Historic city of Lyon
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The private bathroom of the apartment is fitted with a bathtub and includes a hairdryer. The equipped kitchen includes a toaster, a dishwasher and an … More: photo, rates and booking
Résidence Oxygène

Located in 2 km from Historic city of Lyon
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The studio offers a sofa, a wardrobe and a bathroom with shower. The kitchenette is equipped with a microwave and hotplates. Bed linen and towels are … More: photo, rates and booking
Appartement au coeur de Lyon - Part Dieu

Located in 3 km from Historic city of Lyon
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The studio features a living area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining table, a desk, ironing facilities and a bathroom. The kitchen … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Historic city of Lyon - Lyon

Apart from large shopping centers, it is worth paying attention to small specialized stores. Among souvenir shops, Troc de Lyon stands out in a special way. Here you can find both classic souvenir products and very original ones. This is one of the few local shops selling small barrel organs. Well, of course, it is always full of magnets and postcards depicting city attractions.
For more interesting sweet souvenirs for loved ones, head to Violette & Berlingot. It offers customers dozens of candies, cookies, marmalade, and other popular sweets to suit every taste and budget. Almost all sweets are sold by weight at very attractive prices. Chic sets of sweets and very cute candy sets in tin boxes are available here too.

Voisin is another great gastronomy shop for tourists who prefer edible souvenirs. It sells incredibly beautiful handmade chocolates featuring exquisite decoration, as well as elite varieties of coffee and tea, marshmallows of all colors of the rainbow, and natural fruit marmalade. The price level is quite high, but many sweets can only be found in this place.
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