Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Lyon

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Lyon
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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  • August 17, 2017
    A beautiful Cathedral in a fun and lively district of Lyon. Particular, it is not, however, a cathedral like this can you in any city.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Primatial of Lyon announced entry into the rebirth of St. John district. On a beautiful paved square, opposite the Hill of Fourvière, the Cathedral offers a magnificent façade. The inside is huge but we made the mistake of visiting the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière before entering the Cathedral and so we found it a little 'bland'. The nave has certainly restored but devoid of sculpture, painting or decorating walls. The stained glass windows also lack details. On the other hand, the astronomical clock and the treasure room worth to them alone!
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  • August 17, 2017
    In Lyon we see that the Basilica of Fourvière which is perched on the hill with its white stones. But when you are in the old Lyon, in the District of St Jean we discover the Cathedral of St Jean. Nothing to do with the Basilica and its heavy gilt decorations. We're here in the tradition of the great cathedrals with its stained glass windows and a more sober decoration. The façade is majestic, especially since it has been renovated. She is one of the major places of the Festival of lights.
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  • August 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • August 11, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. Been in a lot of churches and cathedrales before but this one blew my mind
  • July 19, 2017
    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.
  • September 21, 2016
    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

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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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