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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Lyon
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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 Cathedral has a Gothic façade and the Interior, perfect is predominantly Romanesque. Inside is an interesting astronomical clock which, however, as shown, not working by 2014.
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  • Located in the old town of Lyon, strolling through its streets, suddenly appears the Cathedral in a square, a pleasure for the senses, if you go up on the Festival of lights, is spectacular.
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  • Magnificent. Large statues and paintings. There was celebrated the marriage of King Henry IV with our Medici on 12/17/1600. Curious astronomical clock. Multicolored stained glass representing the story of Jesus and Mary, you can't miss it. Alberto Camacho Rimini
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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