Place Bellecour, Lyon

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. A visit to Place Bellecour represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Lyon trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We stayed at the Hotel Le Royal which is located next to this square , there is a nice statue of Louis XlV in the middle but not much else to see . There are a few bars and restaurants but none that l...  more »
  • Go to Lyon without going through this place of worship is not reasonable! This place is beautiful just like the rest of Lyon also
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  • Beautiful place for strolling and shopping with friends, walk with your family, relax and have fun,
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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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