Lyon, France is one large UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a very large renaissance era old town and Roman ruins. The city was founded 2,000 years where the Rhône and Saône Rivers meet.
Lyon built its fortune on the silk trade. During the 16th century it was estimated that there were at least 180,000 looms in the city.
The Fourvière Basilica is a magnificent church, ever visible on the hill to west of the city. In December, the famous Fête des Lumières takes place in praise of the Virgin Mary, to whom the Basilica is dedicated, for protecting the city from the bubonic plague in the 17th century.
On the left bank of the Saône is the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, which even after 2000 years is still being used as a performance venue.
At the Lyon Cathedral, many of the stain glassed windows you see are from the 1300’s. They were taken down and packed away during WWII to save them from bomb damage.
The word “FUN” is found in Funicular. This one will take you from the river to the top of the Fourvière hill.
This is really just a small bit of highlights you’ll enjoy in Lyon.
To see them all – why not join us in November of 2022 on our exclusive Spring City Wine House Burgundy & Provence River Cruise. Lyon is just one of the many stops during our week that you will enjoy.