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Vieux Lyon, Lyon
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Exquisite preservation of Vieux Lyon allows you to walk back in time to the 16th century. Narrow streets are flanked by solid rows of earth-toned buildings, flower-boxed windows, and balconies with wooden balastrades. Wander through meandering, roofed passages, called "traboules," on a hunt for the Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean. The Romanesque structure next to the cathedral is the Manecanterie, a museum showcasing the cathedral’s treasures. The Saint Jean quarter, where you'll find these historic buildings, was the epicenter of French political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it is the focal point of Lyon culture where the Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets displays its curiosities in a 15th-century architectural masterpiece. Add to that charming street performers and quaint cafes. Take a tour of the former commercial center of the city, settled by wealthy Italian bankers and silk merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, you’ll bask in the shadows of the luxurious hôtels particuliers, once the homes of influential tycoons. One of these, the Hôtel de Gadagne, is the residence of the Lyon History Museum and the International Puppet Museum. With our online itinerary creator, Lyon attractions like Vieux Lyon 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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  • A great ballad. The surprise at every street corner. You could spend hours. Going out in priority.
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  • The Lyon old town invites you to the walk a. There are many small restaurants, bars and shops. Always worth a visit.
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  • walk cobblestone streets dominated by often well restored buildings has the interesting architecture and especially to borrow the traboules for dragging d a street has the other through buildings
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