Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Lyon

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#5 of 15 in Historic Sites in Lyon
A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste impresses with its craftsmanship and its dwarfing nave. At 32.5 m (106.6 ft), the nave stands as a reminder of Lyon's ecclesiastical power. The cathedral was the seat of power in Lyon from the 11th to the 15th centuries. In 1079, the pope granted the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. That is why the cathedral bears the nickname “Primatiale.” The two crosses installed on either side of the altar in 1274 commemorate a union of churches. The Bourbon Chapel built by a son-in-law of Louis XI, are both noteworthy sites inside the cathedral. Plan your Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lyon using our Lyon online trip planner .
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  • Getting to the Cathedral is a bit if a challenge at the moment as the funicular that has a direct link is closed for renovations. Buying a ticket on the other funicular line is inclusive of a bus ride...  more »
  • The huge Cathedral building started before more than eight hundred and fifty years. Building size was so big that it took more than three centuries to complete all work. Unfinished Cathedral, the Pope has already enshrined. The first services were held in an unfinished building. Keep the temple on its appearance. Of particular importance is the unique stained glass Windows that were created in the 13th century.
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  • At the moment, ceiling-high scaffolding be rebuilt right in the Interior and on the west facade. The restoration is supposed to last 2 year. The half interior is blocked.
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  • Beautiful cathedral. The best way they get there is to walk up the hill. It's a bit of exercise but its so worth it once you arrive.
  • Very beautiful and magical place, as we enter is like back in time, u can feel and touch the force of presence, very spiritual and transcending.
  • In this lovely city this is one of the things to see. Very interesting and such a nice walk on the inside. Love the neighbourhood and the city. Think we didnt pay any entrance.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Been in a lot of churches and cathedrales before but this one blew my mind
  • Beautiful church with an awesome astronomical clock. While the architecture is not as jaw dropping t as the one of Notree Dame de Fourviere, the inside of the church is worth visiting.

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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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