Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 1, Lyon

Up until the 19th century, 98% of Lyon residents were Catholics. Because religion had such a profound influence on Lyon locals, many beautiful and unique places of worship can be found in the city to this day. Take this tour to discover some of Lyon's most fascinating and historic religious buildings.
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Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 1
Guide Location: France » Lyon (See other walking tours in Lyon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: jenny
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Saint-Irénée Church

1) Saint-Irénée Church

Saint Irénée Church is a very simple building, but it has a long and interesting history and is well worth a visit.

The first church was dedicated to Saint John in the 1st century AD. Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor and became a priest under the first bishop of Lyon. When the bishop, St Pothius, was martyred during an uprising in the city, Irenaeus became bishop in his place.

He was a pious, scholarly man, writing against the Gnostics (an early Christian sect) and arguing about the date...   view more
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Saint-Just

2) Saint-Just

Saint Just is the reconstruction of one of the oldest churches in Lyon and is a rather lovely church standing in a small square, created by two building put up on either side of it in the 19th century.

The original Basilica of Saint Just was built at about 200 meters from today’s church. The basilica was built over a Roman mausoleum in the 1st century AD. Over the centuries it was rebuilt three times: the first church had three naves; a transept and galleries were added to it in the 10th...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint-Georges Church

3) Saint-Georges Church

You shouldn’t miss visiting St Georges’ Church which stands on the banks of the Saône in the Vieux Quartier of Lyon.

The first church to stand on this site was built in 550 and destroyed in 732 by invading Saracens. It was rebuilt in 802 and when the Commandery of the Order of Malta was built alongside in 1315, the church was given to the Order.

Like so many churches in France, during the Revolution it was used as a hay barn, to prove that the people needed fodder for their animals...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint-Martin d'Ainay

4) Saint-Martin d'Ainay

Saint Martin d’Ainay is one of the rare Romanesque churches in Lyon and it has a long and interesting history.

A Benedictine priory was built on this site in 859, and the church was constructed when the priory became an abbey in 1107.

During the Renaissance period the abbey was one of the most powerful in France, having pre-eminence over other abbeys, priories and churches from Bourgogne to Provence. It had its own port, extensive buildings with a cloister and the abbot lived in a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint-François de Sales

5) Saint-François de Sales

St François de Sales Church attracts thousands of tourists every year because of its magnificent pipe organ, but the building itself is well worth a visit.

The church was built by Dulin and Benoit in the 19th century in the Romanesque style, on the site of the Couvent des Filles Penitantes et la Maison des Recluses.

The interior is rather austere, but the frescoes by Dennelle and the stained glass window depicting scenes from the life of St François de Sales are particularly lovely.

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Eglise Saint-Bonaventure

6) Eglise Saint-Bonaventure

The Eglise Saint Bonaventure is the only medieval church to survive the construction of the rue Impériale (now the rue de la République).

The original church was part of a Franciscan monastery and when a large crowd gathered for the funeral of Cardinal Bonaventure in 1274, they couldn’t all get into the church.

Jacques de Grolée, the grandson of the seneschal who had granted the site to the monks, decided that a bigger church was needed, but work didn’t start on it until 1325.

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Walking Tours in Lyon, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lyon

Create Your Own Walk in Lyon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lyon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Nightlife Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Nightlife Tour of Lyon

Lyon is considered the youngest city in France, which is evident when you venture out into the city at night. Lyon has great bars, pubs, and night clubs that cater to both the young and old. Live music, endless varieties of drinks, outdoor terraces, and busy dance floors can all be found in Lyon. Take this tour to discover the best nightlife spots the city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 2

Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 2

Lyon's beautiful religious buildings showcase the richness of the city's culture and architecture. All the churches on this tour date back centuries and capture the architectural style popular at the time when they were built. Take this tour to discover the best-known and the most beautiful religious buildings in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Lyon

Lyon is home to some truly impressive art galleries that contain fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures and modern art. Young and talented artists from France and around the world present their art here. Take this tour to discover the most impressive and unique galleries in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Self-Guided Architecture Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Architecture Tour of Lyon

Lyon is a beautiful city with gorgeous places to visit. From an architectural standpoint, Lyon is a treasure trove of beautiful buildings with a fascinating mixture of historic and modern structures. Take this tour to discover the variety of architectural styles found in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Self-Guided Museums Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Museums Tour of Lyon

Lyon is very beautiful city, the second-largest in France after Paris. It has many interesting, historic places to visit. Lyon has a number of museums set to educate the public on the history of France and Lyon. Many of the museums preserve and display works by French artists, as they represent the rich cultural heritage of the country. Take this tour to discover the beauty and historic importance of Lyon.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Lyon

Lyon is an interesting destination not only for adults, but for kids as well. Parents that decide to take their children to Lyon will not regret it. There are a number of family-oriented places to visit, including beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, sports clubs and more. Take this tour to discover the most interesting places to visit with your kids in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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