The Nouvel Opera house opposite the City Hall is home to the Opera National de Lyon. The 1826 theatre built by Chenavard and Pollet was completely redesigned between 1985 and 1993 by Jean Nouvel who kept only the façades and the foyer on the first floor. He enlarged it by excavating underneath to create a six-level basement, and added an arched glass roof. Today, the glass top has become a classical landmark of the city but the interior design is criticised, for both aesthetic and functional reasons.
1 Place de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon, France
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Lyon Cathedral(1.1 km)
The Lyon Cathedral, officially named the St Jean Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
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Parc de la Tête d'Or(1.8 km)
Completed in 1862, the 115-hectare English-style Parc de la Tete d'Or or Park of the Golden Head is one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in France.
Renaissance Courtyards(1 km)
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière(1.2 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(0.6 km)
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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(0.2 km)
The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district.
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