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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Lyon

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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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  • St Jean-Baptiste Church began as a Romanesque building and was continued as a Gothic one. It has charming chapels and beautiful stained glass windows, as well as an astronomical clock (which isn't wor...  read more »
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (or Saint Jean) was built in Gothic style in the period from 11 to 14 centuries. If construction were used including materials remaining after the Roman period. As a result the building, perhaps not great in size, squat, low (total 32 m), but very decent looking. Most likely it is the Cathedral of Saint Jean can be called the most historic and authentic in Lyon (in contrast to the much more catchy in appearance but almost modern Notre-Dame de Fourvière). In the cathedral were different historical status event: coronations, weddings (including Henry IV and Marie de Medici). Inside is an interesting traditional stained glass in France and the astronomical clock 14-th century. Total-all this deserves attention.
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  • If you're lucky enough you may be able to see the stunning front doors that are covered most times to stop the vandals. A much more interesting chaurch steeped in history than the Basillica that tower...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Superbe bâtisse
  • Fabulous cathedral in the heart of the old city. Easy to get to and a great base to start a tour of vieux Lyon
  • Beautiful church from a hill, dominating the city
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