Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, Lyon

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A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon impresses with its craftsmanship and its dwarfing nave. At 32.5 m (106.6 ft), the nave stands as a reminder of Lyon's ecclesiastical power. The cathedral was the seat of power in Lyon from the 11th to the 15th centuries. In 1079, the pope granted the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. That is why the cathedral bears the nickname “Primatiale.” The two crosses installed on either side of the altar in 1274 commemorate a union of churches. The Bourbon Chapel built by a son-in-law of Louis XI, are both noteworthy sites inside the cathedral. Plan your Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lyon using our Lyon online trip planner.
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  • It feels curiously sterile and secular inside. I have to admire the way that the French feel no obligation to translate any guidance into another language, but it means that I learnt very little when....  more
    It feels curiously sterile and secular inside. I have to admire the way that the French feel no obligation to translate any guidance into another language, but it means that I learnt very little when....  more »
  • It’s a beautiful cathedral that is overlooked by the Basilica of Notre Dame. It is worth visiting it. It is right across from the river in the old city. 
    It’s a beautiful cathedral that is overlooked by the Basilica of Notre Dame. It is worth visiting it. It is right across from the river in the old city.  more »
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  • Beautiful, historic building on top of a mountain in Lyon. It offers beautifully detailed artwork especially looking at the colourful windows and amazing architectural details. - The fact that it is situated on top of a hill also creates an unmatched view onto Lyon. Don't forget to bring your glasses. 🤓
  • An amazing cathedral in a top spot for the view over the city. Even if you are not interested for the catholic building you definitely want to take a look in Lyon from above. Great sunset or even better sunrise, a small cafeteria for a break, but take notice for the thousands of people visiting in vacation periods. The lift in the metro station can easily take you up, and if you feel like walking, the path leading down has graphic spots for nice pictures.

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