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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.

About Lyon Cathedral

 Place St Jean, Lyon

 +33 4 78 42 11 04

Lyon Cathedral and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Traboules(0.2 km)
The traboules are a unique architectural feature of Lyon's historical buildings, largely influenced by Italy and especially Florence.

Renaissance Courtyards

Renaissance Courtyards(0.1 km)
Lyon is known for its buildings with traboules, though some have very beautiful courtyards but no real traboules (crossing from one street to another).

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière(0.4 km)
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière atop Fourvière Hill is votively dedicated to Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, for saving the city from several adversities – scurvy in 1638, the Black Death of bubonic plague that spread through Europe in 1643, cholera epidemic in 1832, and Prussian invasion in 1870.

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules(1.1 km)
The Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules is a Roman theatre from 19 BC that marks the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were thrown to the lions in 177 AD.

Rue du Président Edouard Herriot

Rue du Président Edouard Herriot(0.6 km)
The Rue du Président Edouard Herriot is an important street in the Presqu'ile quarter, part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage site.

Place des Terreaux

Place des Terreaux(0.9 km)
The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district.

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse(1.8 km)
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market with 59 shops selling the best of Lyon's gourmet creations.

Marche Saint-Antoine

Marche Saint-Antoine(0.4 km)
The Marche Saint-Antoine is a major French food and flower market in an upscale neighbourhood of Lyon.

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