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This picturesque montée (sloping street on hillside) starts behind Vieux Lyon metro station and ends quite close to the Roman theatres of Fourvière.
This picturesque montée (sloping street on hillside) starts behind Vieux Lyon metro station and ends quite close to the Roman theatres of Fourvière. It was the main link between the river Saône and the top of Fourvière throughout the Roman era, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Around numbers 5-7 is Impasse Turquet, a small cul-de-sac named after Etienne Turquet, an Italian who is said to have founded the silk industry in Lyon in 1536. In this small passageway are the oldest houses of the city, dating back to the 13th or 14th century, with wooden balconies.
46 Montée du Gourguillon, 69005 Lyon, France
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St Georges is the south part of Vieux Lyon, the Renaissance Quarter
The Parc des Hauteurs is located along the hillside between the metallic tower of Fourvière and the Loyasse cemetery, and offers great views towards the Monts d'Or and Beaujolais
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
The Garden of Curiosities is a small garden hidden in the bottom of Place de l'Abbé Larue behind a metallic door
The Gallo-Roman Museum showcases ancient Roman artifacts and remains from Lyon's historic past, including sculptures, art, coins, pottery, mosaics, and a plan-relief of Lugdunum (ancient Lyon)
The 86 m tall Metallic Tower of Fourviere stands as a replica of the Eiffel Tower, completed in 1894
The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist
The traboules are a unique architectural feature of Lyon's historical buildings, largely influenced by Italy and especially Florence
Lyon is known for its buildings with traboules, though some have very beautiful courtyards but no real traboules (crossing from one street to another)
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