During his reign, Louis 12 decided to fortify Lyon and had a number of forts built around the city one of which was St Jean ... More
During his reign, Louis 12 decided to fortify Lyon and had a number of forts built around the city one of which was St Jean (middle of 16th century). To give the garrisons easy access a road was built, which is now called "la montee de la butte" is still used today to reach the fort (it leads to rue de la Poudrière). The fort was built to protect the population of Lyon but its history is not very glorious as it was the origin of local popular uprisings that spread to many French cities after the July revolution in Paris in 1830. Croix-Rousse, the silk workers' neighbourhood, was threatened when the authorities in Lyon re-armed the fort in 11831 to calm down the workers.
Lyons is famous for the night time illuminations of its monuments: hence, it earns it's nickname as the "city of
light." The Office du Tourisme organizes a 2 hour guided tour lasting 2 hours taking you round these illuminations ...
The church of Lyon's bishop, one of Gaul's most important, has been situated on the banks of the Saone at
the bottom of Fourvière hill since the 4th Century. Construction of the present building started in 1170 1180 and ...
Located in the center of the city within the Palais de Justice complex on the Île de la Cite ,
the Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a small Gothic chapel constructed in the Rayonnant style. Built by King Louis ...