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Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, Lyon

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A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon impresses with its craftsmanship and its dwarfing nave. At 32.5 m (106.6 ft), the nave stands as a reminder of Lyon's ecclesiastical power. The cathedral was the seat of power in Lyon from the 11th to the 15th centuries. In 1079, the pope granted the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. That is why the cathedral bears the nickname “Primatiale.” The two crosses installed on either side of the altar in 1274 commemorate a union of churches. The Bourbon Chapel built by a son-in-law of Louis XI, are both noteworthy sites inside the cathedral. Plan your Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lyon using our Lyon online trip planner.
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  • A huge imposing building in the centre of the old town, and although not of huge interest inside, worth a quick visit 
    A huge imposing building in the centre of the old town, and although not of huge interest inside, worth a quick visit  more »
  • The piazza in front allows for good shots of the cathedral's facade. Some of its interior is of even greater interest. An astronomical clock inside a church is striking. Some of the stained glass... 
    The piazza in front allows for good shots of the cathedral's facade. Some of its interior is of even greater interest. An astronomical clock inside a church is striking. Some of the stained glass...  more »
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  • Beautiful, historic building on top of a mountain in Lyon. It offers beautifully detailed artwork especially looking at the colourful windows and amazing architectural details. - The fact that it is situated on top of a hill also creates an unmatched view onto Lyon. Don't forget to bring your glasses. 🤓
  • It is truly a very beautiful cathedral, I think one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Absolutely recommended to visit it, as it is one of the symbolic monuments of Lyon

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