A Peep into Historical Lyon

by : Vivek Kuriyal

The historic city of Lyon is conveniently located and from here you are easily connected to the Alps and neighboring Switzerland. Apart from major airlines operating regular flights to and from Lyon, it is also connected with other destinations by excellent rail and road networks across France and Europe. Lyon is a popular historic city situated in the scenic Burgundy region. Museums, basilica, cathedrals, etc. are some of the many tourist attractions which make it a must visit place for tourists.

Known to many art lovers as the ‘Little Louvre’, the Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts) in Lyon is rated highly amongst a tourist’s itinerary. Here one can delight by viewing displays of arts and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as from the middle ages to the present day. Apart from this there is an excellent collection of European paintings ranging from the 14th century to the middle half of the 20th century. These paintings include works of world famous artists like Picasso, Monet, and Rubens.

On a visit to the Musee des Tissues (Textiles Museum) you can see an astounding collection of 1000 textile samples. These samples have been taken from both Eastern and Western civilizations over the ages.

You must visit the Cathedrale St-Jean which stands on the remains of a 5th century church. It was built between late 12th and 15th centuries at the foot of the Fourviere Hill. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful cathedrals considered to be a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Stone medallions and glass mosaics found inside the cathedral add to its beauty and charm. On top of the pictorial Fourviere Hill is the Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourviere, a stunning tourist attractionFeature Articles, admired for its extraordinary design. You can take a cable car to approach the basilica and take in the beautiful views of the city and its waterways.