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Old Lyon

Capital of the Gauls

Lyon, 2nd city of France, is at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. It is a city of history and culture, and it has sumptuous archeological vestiges that are 2000 years old. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Lyon flourished in Gallo-Roman times when it was called Lugdunum, that is, “hill of light”. It had large buildings in what is now the center of the city and on the hill of Fourvière. With its forum, theater, temples and baths, Lyon rapidly became the political, economic, military and religious capital of Gaul. It also became the cradle of Christianity for all of Gaul. The importance of Gaul continued to grow, drawing artists, craftsmen and noblemen.

Old Lyon, with its pleasant squares and mysterious “traboules” (passageways), allow the visitor today to enjoy the rich Renaissance architectural style, considered to be the most beautiful in France. A walk through Old Lyon allows one to marvel at the specialty of the artists of Lyon: the murals painted in trompe-l’oeil. One can climb to the top of the hill of Fourvière for a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city before visiting the basilica and the antique theater, both particularly well-preserved.

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