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With a rich history stretching back more than 2000 years, Lyon has taken shape over time, presenting visitors today with neighborhoods that have a unique atmosphere and reflect the city’s evolution Since its foundation by the Romans in 43 BCE, on Fourvière Hill, the city has expanded from west to east, building on the advantages offered by its two hills and two rivers. Included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998, Lyon’s four historic districts cover 500 hectares, taking visitors on a journey back through time. Follow the guide, from Antiquity to the present day!

Lyon has been growing and evolving for 2,000 years!


From the ancient theatres and abundant ruins that date back to Gallo-Roman times, winding through the Middle Ages and Renaissance influences in Vieux-Lyon, from the classical buildings on the Presqu'île, to the canuts and silk manufacturing workshops in the Croix-Rousse… Over time, the city stretched itself along the banks of the river Saône, later encompassing the Rhône and beyond, and today has reached the Confluence area, all while managing to preserve its precious heritage.

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