The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist

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Lyon Cathedral, Lyon

The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. Built from 1180 to 1480, the façade and nave with flying buttresses are Gothic, while the apse and choir are Lyonnaise Romanesque. Highlights include the 14th century Astronomical Clock in the north transept, the 13th century crosses flanking the altar, the Lamb Rose window depicting the life of St Stephen and St John the Baptist, the 15th century Flamboyant Gothic Chapel of the Bourbons, and the gigantic Anne-Marie de la Primatiale bell.

The spectacular 9 metre tall astronomical clock was originally built in the 14th century but modified later. Its astrolabe indicates the date as well as position of the moon, sun, earth and stars in the sky over Lyon, in a geocentric formation that represents the prevalent dogma of that era. The octagon atop the central tower supports several automated figures. It is especially worth seeing when the bells ring, daily on the hour from noon - 4PM. After the angel on the left turns the hourglass, an angel on the right keeps the time for the three angels who strike bells to sound the hymn of Saint Jean-Baptiste. The Virgin Mary kneels in a chapel, and turns to the Angel Gabriel as he opens the chapel door, while the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descends. A saluting Swiss Guard revolves around the dome. Movement stops at the sounding of the hour.

Adjacent to the cathedral is an archaeological garden.


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About Lyon Cathedral

 Place St Jean, Lyon

 +33 4 78 42 11 04

 cathedrale-lyon.cef.fr

Lyon Cathedral and Nearby Sights on Map

Renaissance Courtyards

Lyon is known for its buildings with traboules, though some have very beautiful courtyards but no real traboules (crossing from one street to another)

St Jean Archaeological Garden

Adjacent to the St Jean Cathedral (on the northern side), the archaeological garden exhibits the remnants of the religious buildings which occupied the site before the cathedral was erected

Musée de la Miniature et des Décors de cinéma

The Miniature and Cinema Museum, housed in the 16th century Maison des Avocats (Legal Chamber), displays about 120 miniature models of various historical and contemporary scenesof houses, restaurants, workshops, schools, etc

Palais de Justice Historique

The French neo-classical court house of Palais de Justice, also known as 'the 24 columns' for its colonnaded facade, was built between 1835 and 1842 by architect Louis-Pierre Baltard

Rue du Boeuf

Rue du Boeuf runs parallel to the touristy Rue St Jean, but is much quieter and just as beautiful

Traboules

The traboules are a unique architectural feature of Lyon's historical buildings, largely influenced by Italy and especially Florence

Rue St Jean

Rue St Jean is the main thoroughfare of Vieux Lyon, part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site

Musée Gadagne

Musee Gadagne is home to Musée d'histoire de Lyon (Museum of Lyon History), and the Musée des marionnettes du monde (Museum of world puppets) which is centered around the famous Guignol of Lyon puppet character, an intelligent, brave and funny but impoverished man

Place du Change

The Place du Change is the largest square in the area, and the old site of the drapery which was used in the 15th and 16th centuries by moneychangers

Rue Juiverie

The Rue Juiverie is a street of Vieux Lyon named after the Jewish community which originally settled there, but was expelled in the 14th century