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Lyon France

The third largest city in France, Lyon is also the capital of the Rhone-Alps region and the Rhone department of France. It is located at a distance of 292 miles to Paris, 199 miles to Marseille and 99 miles to Geneva. Due to its proximity to Switzerland, people who are moving to France from the French regions of Switzerland, prefer to settle down at Lyon. The Rhone and Saone Rivers flow through it, giving a special charm to the city. The Saone River outlines the old city of Lyon, Vieux from the new city, Presqu’ile. The old city is known for the underground passageways. Many of the architects in Lyon are influenced by the Roman culture as this city was founded by the Romans. The numerous historically popular Roman buildings in Lyon have made it one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

Lyon France -The Capital of Lightslyon France

Like Paris being the ‘city of lights’ in France, Lyon is titled the ‘capital of lights’. Lyon earned this name because of the ‘Fete des Lumieres’, the light festival that happens from 8th to 11th December every year. The history behind the festival is that once upon a time when the city was threatened by plague, Virgin Mary saved the city from the dreaded disease. To pay the gratitude for Mother Mary, the city inhabitants constructed a statue for her. On the day when the statue was inaugurated, the people of the city lighted candles near their windows, thus making the city, the capital of lights.
The important districts of Lyon are Fourvière Hill, Vieux, Presqu’île, Croix-Rousse, Confluence, Part-Dieu, Brotteaux, Guillotière, Etats-Unis and Vaise. Fourvière hill, popularly called the hill that prays, houses several churches. Presqu’île is the most happening city of Lyon. Croix-Rousse is a place where the silk industry reached its peak in the 19th century. Many silk workers resided in this place and this getting the title the hill that works.

Tourism in Lyon

The view of the Alps mountain range from the city is remarkable. The city is close to many Alpine ski resorts, making it a busy tourist location. One can find unique hotels in France within the city, especially the old city where Renaissance houses have been transformed into special inns for tourists’ accommodation. Lyon is also popular for the best French cuisines in France. Fourvière basilica, Saint Jean cathedral, Musées Gadagne, Parc de la Tête d’Or, Musée urbain Tony Garnier, Saint Irénée church, Montée du Gourguillon, Saint Bruno church and Parc de Gerland are a few of the important sight-seeing places in Lyon.

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