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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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  • Sorry, but apart from the tourist office or it is welcomed, and recommended for the visit of Lyon, the place in it even not worth the money to get around, there are many more lovely squares in Lyon, especially in old Lyon, Red Cross or Fourvière.
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  • Great presentable square in the center of the city. Meeting place and many events. Just as I was were in bowling green and everywhere was a lot of people. Around the same restaurants, a great monument of Louis and a cool view of the Church on the Hill. It's worth the stirrings and assured by a with the Lake
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  • It is the heart of the city, it has a historical and urbanistic role for the entire city. It is also a hub of communications important (metro place, routes of bus + parking), his current focus remains limited to its role as focal point. There is no permanent activities on this site apart from the displacement of thousands of people per day
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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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