Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Lyon

Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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  • Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste is a centuries old building and a grand old church. The site where the church is built is very old, as several churches were there before this one was constructed from...  more »
  • I have a soft spot for pure churches, without a lot of make-up, and this one is a very nice exemple. Free  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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