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Place Bellecour, Lyon

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Place Bellecour is the third largest square in France and the largest pedestrian square in Europe. In the center of the square you’ll see the Sun King himself, Louis XIV, mounted on a horse in an extravagant and lavish pose. On the west side of the square is a statue of the Petit Prince and the book's author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. These two representations are reminders of the two opposing forces in French history: aristocracy and egalitarianism. The square itself was a vital symbol used by rulers to represent shifts in power by renaming the square with each new era: from kings, to conquerors, to guillotine, and back again. It is a great stop for panoramic photos and a view of some masterful French architecture. With our world travel planner, Lyon attractions like Place Bellecour can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This contains the very busy information centre. Rather attractive but mainly unwelcoming hard surfaces and worth a few photos but little to occupy your time  more »
  • Fabulous largest square in Europe. Grab a seat at one of the self service cafes and watch the sun go down with a glass of chilled white wine.  more »
  • Nice Area , middel of everything Restaurants all over , information Center Its near. Nice for walking around  more »