St Irénée Church, Lyon

The Church of St. Irenaeus is the burial place of St.

The Church of St. Irenaeus is the burial place of St. Irenaeus, a 2nd century Bishop and Christian theologian. It is the oldest church in Lyon, and one of the oldest in France, but the church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current modest structure was mostly built in the 19th century in a neo-classical style with a Byzantine influence. An arch from the 5th century remains. Behind the church, the calvary built in 1687 is also a great viewpoint.















About St Irénée Church

 51 rue des Macchabées, Lyon

 +33 4 78 25 43 26

St Irénée Church and Nearby Sights on Map

Jardin des Curiosités

The Garden of Curiosities is a small garden hidden in the bottom of Place de l'Abbé Larue behind a metallic door

Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

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)

Montée du Gourguillon

This picturesque montée (sloping street on hillside) starts behind Vieux Lyon metro station and ends quite close to the Roman theatres of Fourvière

St Georges

St Georges is the south part of Vieux Lyon, the Renaissance Quarter

Basilique Saint-Martin d'Ainay

The Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is the only entirely Romanesque church in Lyon, dating back to the 11th-12th centuries

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

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

Parc des Hauteurs

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

Rue Victor Hugo

Rue Victor Hugo is a pedestrian street in the Presqu'ile quarter, part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage site

Metallic Tower of Fourviere

The 86 m tall Metallic Tower of Fourviere stands as a replica of the Eiffel Tower, completed in 1894

Rue Auguste Comte

The Rue Auguste Comte runs parallel to Rue Victor Hugo, and is home to most of the antique shops in Lyon