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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  • Typical European square, no plants, no trees, a retângula of concrete in the middle of the city. With statue of Louis XV. And Saint Exupéry.
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  • No real reason to visit this square really other than the excellent Lyon visitor centre just off the square.  more »
  • Beautiful place quite animated wind or rain. From here you can start the walking tour of part of the old lyon or do some shopping in the nearby avenue.
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