Place Bellecour, Lyon

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Place Bellecour is the third largest square in France and the largest pedestrian square in Europe. In the center of the square you’ll see the Sun King himself, Louis XIV, mounted on a horse in an extravagant and lavish pose. On the west side of the square is a statue of the Petit Prince and the book's author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. These two representations are reminders of the two opposing forces in French history: aristocracy and egalitarianism. The square itself was a vital symbol used by rulers to represent shifts in power by renaming the square with each new era: from kings, to conquerors, to guillotine, and back again. It is a great stop for panoramic photos and a view of some masterful French architecture. A visit to Place Bellecour represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Lyon trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited this lovely square in Lyon in July 2019. Easily accessed by the metro. Lots of shops and restaurants. Museums are located off the streets surrounding the plaza. It’s within maybe a 20...  more »
  • There is a (north)African gang that pickpockets. My phone was stolen and even though I could show the police where it was (because had shared my live location with my friedn who I was meeting, and...  more »

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