Architecture in Lyon

Opéra de Lyon

Lyon's neoclassical 1831-built opera house was modernised in 1993 by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who added the striking semi-cylindrical glass-domed roof. On its northern side, boarders and bladers buzz a…
Aquarium in Lyon

Aquarium du Grand Lyon

Just west of the Confluence, Lyon's well-thought-out aquarium is home to some 280 marine species including more than 5000 fish. Bus 15 links it with place Bellecour. You get a 10% discount if you buy your ticket onl…
Silk Workshop in Lyon

Atelier de Passementerie

Preserved for posterity by the Soierie Vivante association, this silk trimmings workshop functioned until 1979, weaving braids and intricate pictures. Browse fabrics in the attached boutique (admission free), or lea…
Church in Lyon

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

Crowning the hill, with stunning city panoramas from its terrace, this superb example of late-19th-century French ecclesiastical architecture is lined with intricate mosaics. One-hour discovery visits take in the ma…
Cathedral in Lyon

Cathédrale St-Jean

Lyon's partly Romanesque cathedral was built between the late 11th and early 16th centuries. The portals of its Flamboyant Gothic façade, completed in 1480 (and recently renovated), are decorated with 280 square sto…
Museum in Lyon

Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

The WWII headquarters of Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie evokes Lyon's role as the 'Capital of the Resistance' through moving multimedia exhibits. Extensively remodelled in 2012, the museum includes sound recordings …
Mural in Lyon

Fresque des Lyonnais

Well-known Lyonnais peer out from this seven-storey mural, including loom inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752–1834), Renaissance poet Maurice Scève (c 1499–1560), superstar chef Paul Bocuse (b 1926), puppet Guignol…
Area in Lyon

Lyon Confluence

Meet Lyon's newest neighbourhood: the Confluence, where the Rhône and the Saône meet at Presqu'île’s southern tip. This former industrial wasteland has recently been brought back to life by a multimillion-euro urban…
Silk Workshop in Lyon

Maison des Canuts

On a 50-minute guided tour, learn about weavers' labour-intensive life and the industry's evolution, see manual looms in use, and browse the silk boutique. Guided tours in English run at 11am on Monday and Saturday.
Art Museum in Lyon

Musée d'Art Contemporain

Lyon's contemporary art museum mounts edgy temporary exhibitions and a rotating permanent collection of post-1960 art. It sometimes closes for several weeks between exhibitions, so check to make sure there's somethi…