When it comes to holiday destinations around the world, France is very high on the list as one of the countries with the most engaging attractions. With some of the most beautiful countryside as well as architecture, France boasts one of the highest tourist population in the world.
A city that is quaint and yet to be fully established as a tourist spot in France is Lyon. Nestled in central France, the city is located in the Rhone-Alps region of the country and is between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is slowly gaining interest around the world as a potential off the road tourist location and here are a few places to visit in the city:
Lyon is considered as one of the important cities during the famous Renaissance Era of France and Vieux Lyon is an embodiment of that time. The largest Renaissance district in the city, Vieux Lyon is the city’s oldest district and is the first site to be protected by the Malraux Law, to save its cultural sites.
The architecture of the city dates back to the 15th century and it is surrounded by buildings and cathedrals that date back to that era. A wonderful tourist spot for those who are fascinated by the Renaissance Era.
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière:
This particular basilica is a minor one that is present in Lyon and was built between the years 1872 and 1884. The site over which the basilica is built is the former Roman Forum of Trajan and it gets its name from the word forum vetus, meaning old forum.
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church attracts thousands of visitors owing to its marvellous construction and aesthetic beauty and is definitely a must visit for tourists.
Dedicated to John the Baptist, the Lyon Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. The church is one of the oldest in the region and is home to the Lyon Astronomical Watch that was built in the 14th Century.
Lyon is one of the most beautiful places in France owing to its pleasing architecture that is a throwback to the Renaissance Era and is definitely a place that needs to be visited at least once when you are in France.