Superb museum tracing the history of Lyon from the pre Roman era to the 7th century, primarily focusing on the Roman era. Contains numerous statues, Roman memorials, mosaics and pottery to name some of the exhibits.
The thing that really caught my eye was a death mask of a 10-year-old girl from nearly 2,000 years ago.
From the street outside, the building very much reflects its mid 1970s construction with the stark concrete. However inside the museum you slowly descend through five floors which makes it ideal for wheelchairs or those with difficulty with steps. [Lifts are on all 'floors'].
The museum is located next to two well preserved (and restored) Roman theatres dating back nearly 2,000 years. These host concerts in summer.
17 rue Cléberg, 69005 Lyon
+33(0)4 72 38 49 30
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The views from the terrace of Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière are amazing with clear sights of Cathédrale St Jean, Place Bellecour, the 'Crayon' skyscraper, and the control tower of St Exupéry airport. Only from this place can you appreciate the immense size of Lyon.
It's also a great starting point for a walking tour of Fourvière.
Just follow signs for Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière from Place Bellecour or take the funicilar from Vieux Lyon métro station
The ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and Lugnudum are worth a look as it's one of the most intact amphitheatres in France and offers superb views over Lyon.
Feel free to put on a play as we did! Free entry.
The Roman amphitheatre is a 20 min walk up the hill from Cathédrale St Jean and a 10 min walk from the funicular station at Minimes
Place Bellecour is the beating heart of Lyon and is the largest square in Europe not to be dominiated by trees in its centre. In May it hosts pétanque competitions and rock concerts.
Place Bellecour is a 20 min walk from Perrache train station
Fourvière hill is where the Romans set up Lugnudum (their name for Lyon) and contains the treasures of Cathédrale St Jean, Basillique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Place St Jean, Rue St Jean and a Roman amphitheatre.
Just take the funicular from the bottom of Fourvière hill up to Basillique Notre or walk up from Cathédrale St Jean and lose yourself in the alleyways and squares of old Lyon.
Fourvière hill lies on the left bank of the Saone river opposite Presqu'ile. From Place Bellecour just follow the signs for Fourvière.
The cathédrale St Jean towers over the Saone river and can be seen from most places in the city. It dominates the old city of Lyon and has a delicious interior which is vast.
Tall columns support richly painted ceilings and beautifully crafted stained glass windows. Don't miss the famous astronomical clock and a copy of the Black Madonna in Częstochowa in Poland.
Place St Jean
Punch and Judy but better, witty and even satirical, for kids of ALL ages!
The two companies listed even have evening shows especially for adults, where the peccadilloes of politicians and other figures local and national get their comeuppance, but all in good fun.
There are two other Guignol theatres; the Yvonne Moritz company does open air shows in the Parc de la Tête d'Or using traditional repertoire, the Daniel Strebl company on the Croix-Rousse is only suitable for toddlers
This is only if you have a reasonable level of French, but if you do, and you miss Guignol, you've missed Lyon!
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