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Old Lyon

A spectacular survival of the Renaissance period and the largest surviving Old Town in France, Vieux Lyon lies along the western bank of the Saône River. Stroll along rue Saint-Jean to enjoy the bustle of Vieux Lyon’s main thoroughfare, taking the time to explore the famous covered passageways (or traboules) which link the quarter’s picturesque cobbled streets. Continue along rue Saint-Jean to the spectacular Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, completed in 1476 and home to Lyon’s famous astronomical clock. Adjoining the cathedral, the Manécanterie – a former convent – is one of the only surviving Romanesque buildings in Lyon. The striking Renaissance facades hint at the vast wealth accumulated by Lyon’s historic silk trade.

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Old Lyon, Lyon

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