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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Lyon

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Architectural Building
A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathédrale 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste and many more Lyon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lyon trip builder.

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  • A stunning, breathtaking play of light inside Church thanks to Windows through which the light is filtered magically. Wonderful frescoes and sculptures inside. Must see
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  • Located in the street of the same name, is a beautiful church, however nothing not to be missed. In your interior has the astronomical clock
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  • This Cathedral, emblem of Lyon, is beautiful. It is also a powerful symbol of the stupidity and barbarism where lead religious intolerance. During the wars of religion, the barons of Adrets, protestant leader, seized Lyon, slew a part of the inhabitants and was decapitated the statues of this Cathedral which apparently encountered his faith. Most of the façade of St Jean today still wears these decapitated statues.
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  • took 300 years to build, from 1180 to 1480. Five hundred years later it remains the architectural centrepiece of the city. Its medieval relics were ransacked by Calvinist iconoclasts, but the stark interior they left enhances the intricate splendour of its Gothic masonry. Tour guides like to show off the cathedral's 600-year-old astronomical clock. However, the real highlight is the choral Mass with organ and choir at 10.30am each Sunday
  • I'm not one to visit every cathedral, however this one was beautiful and there is am amazing view or Lyon here as well. There are also some romantic ruins nearby. You can take a lift to get up to the church.
  • Fantastic views of Lyon from the top, and absolutely stunningly ornate mosaics on the inside. It will take your breath away. Come by the metro (fourvière) and work your way down if you don't want to hike.
  • Wonderful sights, and many events held in the square at different times.
  • Fabulous cathedral in the heart of the old city. Easy to get to and a great base to start a tour of vieux Lyon