Lyon Cathedral

Lyon, France

Lyon Cathedral was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, the first two bishops of Lyon. The cathedral is also known as a Primatiale because in 1079 the Pope granted to the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. It is located in the heart of the old town, less than five minutes away from the banks of the Saône river, with a large plaza in front of it and a metro stop nearby providing easy access to and from the city center.

Begun in the 12th century on the ruins of a 6th-century church, the cathedral was completed in 1476. The building is 80 meters long (internally), 20 meters wide at the choir, and 32.5 meters high in the nave. The cathedral organ was built by Daublaine and Callinet and was installed in 1841 at the end of the apse and had 15 stops. It was rebuilt in 1875 by Merklin-Schütze and given 30 stops, three keyboards of 54 notes and pedals for 27.

Noteworthy are the two crosses to right and left of the altar, preserved since the council of 1274 as a symbol of the union of the churches, and the Bourbon chapel, built by the Cardinal de Bourbon and his brother Pierre de Bourbon, son-in-law of Louis XI, a masterpiece of 15th century sculpture.

The cathedral also has the Lyon Astronomical Clock from the 14th century.

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Place Saint-Jean 3, Lyon, France
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Details

Founded: 1180
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Curt Stolp (5 months ago)
A little slice of history in amongst the modern world. A place of inspiration and beauty.
Franklin Fernández (7 months ago)
Really impresive place. Is to carefully pay attention to every detail along the art and the structure.
PASCAL WATWAT (7 months ago)
An amazing cathedral located in the heart of Lyon, France. The staff is very welcoming and nice. A must visit.
left dock (9 months ago)
An amazing cathedral in a top spot for the view over the city. Even if you are not interested for the catholic building you definitely want to take a look in Lyon from above. Great sunset or even better sunrise, a small cafeteria for a break, but take notice for the thousands of people visiting in vacation periods. The lift in the metro station can easily take you up, and if you feel like walking, the path leading down has graphic spots for nice pictures.
Lucy (10 months ago)
A great (and free!) place to visit in Lyon before you go up to the Basilica via the funicular as it’s very close to the station. Quiet place to admire the interior of the building and beautiful stained glass windows which cast wonderful colours onto the ground.
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