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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Lyon

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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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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  • This cathedral is not that very big but is still worth visiting. The view on the Fourviere hill is nice from the cathedral's main door.  more »
  • Like Paris, Lyon has two "cathedrals", but here, they are almost adjacent to each other. It's gives you the ability to directly compare Gothic and neo-Gothic styles.  more »
  • Although the Cathedral is going through some renovations (various side adoration areas), it is well worth the time to view and reflect.  more »
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  • 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.
  • beautiful cathedral with stunning stained glass and sculpture. Well worthwhile seeing
  • 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
  • The Cathedral at Lyon took something like 300 years to build and now five hundred years later it is still one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the city.
  • Beatiful Cathedral in Gothic Style..... Very important to visit for Gothic style in Europe.