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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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Address: 70 rue Saint Jean, 69005, Lyon, France
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+33 4 78 54 76 21
08:15 - 19:45
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A 12th-century Gothic cathedral with impressive stained-glass windows.

A 12th-century Gothic cathedral with impressive stained-glass windows.

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Convenient Location, Impressive Facade

In the heart of Vieux Lyon, the church has a dramatic facade that dominates the eponymous square. It's worth it to just pause in the square, step back, and admire the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dale W
Clayton, California
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Clayton, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In the heart of Vieux Lyon, the church has a dramatic facade that dominates the eponymous square. It's worth it to just pause in the square, step back, and admire the craftsmanship. The interior is not as colorful as the "church on the hill", but it is lovely to admire. I enjoyed taking a seat and soaking up the drama... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were passing by and stopped to explore. Definitely worth 30-60 minutes. Very historic church in the old part of Lyon.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 758 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

inside contains some fine sculpture, a nice organ, the Cathedrale is a medieval Gothic art and I think ca. 200 years old; nice portails and windows; very nice basilica.

Thank Manuela L
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral is truly a beauty and shines by its simplicity. Gothic style at its best. Do not miss the famous astronomic clock in the left wing.

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to the centre and in the heart of the old town of Lyon the cathedral is worth a visit. Beautiful and not too lavish decorations. There is amazing atstronomical clock as well to see.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, most of these churches are interesting in their own way. The USP of this one is perhaps the astronomical clock, which was constructed at a time when ecclesiastical authorities knew for a fact – supported, apparently, by biblical evidence – that the sun revolved around the Earth. Still, some ingenious mechanical engineer obviously designed a non-heretical time-keeping device that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built with the stones taken from Roman buildings ( you can see the bigger, lighter Roman stones in the renovated part of the church up front, at the base versus the newer, smaller stones higher up) when cathedral was started in the 11th century. Before, there were even 3 churches next to each other at this site. Make sure to... More 

Thank sushiDarmstadt
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathédrale de Saint Jean took some 300 years to build, and its overall proportions are very harmonious. The interior is quite sober, and some renovations are required and will in fact start in the course of 2017. If you take a guided tour of the Vieux Lyon, the cathedral will be one of the stops, and you will be... More 

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Kapolei, Hawaii
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a bit of free time one afternoon in Lyon and were wandering the pedestrian shopping street when we came upon the Cathedral de Saint Jean de Baptiste. While we didn't venture inside (we will on our next visit) we did discover the ruins in the adjacent courtyard of earlier churches and even roman blocks in the foundations. A... More 

Thank Richard J
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another classic cathedral in France beautiful art work and amazing gothic architecture and free also right in town easy to access for anyone

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