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.
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St Irénée Church and Nearby Attractions on Map
Lyon Cathedral(1.2 km)
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Renaissance Courtyards(1.3 km)
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière(1 km)
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Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules(2.1 km)
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Place des Terreaux(2 km)
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Marche Saint-Antoine(1.6 km)
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