Fresque des Lyonnais


Well-known Lyonnais peer out from this beautifully executed seven-storey mural, including loom inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752–1834), Renaissance poet Maurice Scève (c 1499–1560), superstar chef Paul Bocuse (1926–2018), the puppet Guignol, and the yellow-haired Little Prince, created by author/aviator Antoine de St-Exupéry (1900–44).

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Nearby Lyon attractions

1. Place Sathonay

0.12 MILES

At the foot of Croix Rousse, this tree-shaded square has a small village atmosphere, with its bars, restaurants and cafes.

2. Place des Terreaux

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The centrepiece of the Presqu'île's beautiful central square is a 19th-century fountain made of 21 tonnes of lead and sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste…

3. Musée des Beaux-Arts

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This stunning and eminently manageable museum showcases France's finest collection of sculptures and paintings outside of Paris, from antiquity onwards…

4. Musées Gadagne

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Housed in a 16th-century mansion built for two rich Florentine bankers, this twin-themed exhibition space incorporates an excellent local history museum,…

5. Le Petit Musée Fantastique de Guignol

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The star of this tiny, two-floor museum is Guignol, the Lyonnais puppet famous for its slapstick antics and political commentary. Various animated scenes…

6. Opéra de Lyon

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Lyon's neoclassical 1831-built opera house was modernised in 1993 by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who added the striking semi-cylindrical glass…

7. Musée de l'Imprimerie

0.42 MILES

From early equipment through to computerised technology, this absorbing museum traces the history of the city's printing industry.

8. Palais de Justice

0.43 MILES

Facing the river in old Lyon, the grandiose neo-classical Palais de Justice is well worth a gander.