Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Lyon

A superb representation of French Medieval architecture, Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste impresses with its craftsmanship and its dwarfing nave. At 32.5 m (106.6 ft), the nave stands as a reminder of Lyon's ecclesiastical power. The cathedral was the seat of power in Lyon from the 11th to the 15th centuries. In 1079, the pope granted the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom. That is why the cathedral bears the nickname “Primatiale.” The two crosses installed on either side of the altar in 1274 commemorate a union of churches. The Bourbon Chapel built by a son-in-law of Louis XI, are both noteworthy sites inside the cathedral. Plan your Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lyon using our Lyon online trip planner.
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  • Visited Lyon, Geneva with grand children, visited giant wheel, saint Jean Baptist’s Cathedral, medieval village near Geneva Lake, Switzerland in chilled cold, but enjoyable  more »
  • It is a beautiful, unique experience to enjoy this old cathedral dedicated to Jonh, the Baptiste. Dominating a pleasant plaza at the end of narrow medieval streets, the well-preserved temple façade...  more »
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  • Totally stunning.. byzantine style interior and has a great view spot of Lyon nearby. Use the funicular to get up and dont forget the Roman ruins nearby.
  • Another excellent visit to a gorgeous, historical Cathedral. You take the tram down from the top and enjoy the view down and the beautiful Cathedral.

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