Lyon Attractions Guide

Eight Must-Sees Attractions 1. Roman Theaters or Theatres Romains. These are two ruined semicircular theaters built by the Romans. The Odeon, which is the smaller of the two, was specifically designed for poetry and musical shows, while The Grand Theatre, which is the oldest Roman theater in France, could accommodate 10,000 people. This theater was built in 15 BC. 2. Musee de Tissus. This is a museum that displays fabrics collection for the past 2000 years, including the one for Marie Antoinette’s bedchamber, a partridge-motif brocade. 3. The Vineyards of Beaujolais. A small region that is only 40 miles long and about 10 miles wide, but is one of the most well-known vineyards throughout the world. The United States is one of its biggest wine importers. Usually, Beaujolais produces 30 million gallons of wine each year, equaling to more than 190 million wine bottles. 4. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. This palace-looking museum is located in the old city center. It has a variety of displays for all ages. Some sculptures, graphic arts, paintings and other ancient Egypt artifacts can be found here. It is open every day except Tuesdays and holidays. 5. Lyon Cathedral. This is where the Archbishop of Lyon resides. It is famous for its astronomical clock that was built in the fourteenth century. 6. Maison des Canuts (Silk-Weavers’ House). Old-fashioned Jacquard looms are still in action in this museum in Croix Rousse. The weavers are happy to show the visitors on how to operate a mini loom and give them an idea of how it was like in the old times. 7. International Puppet Museum. This museum shows traditional hand puppets, marionette puppets, sliding bar puppets, and stick puppets originally from different countries like Italy, Cambodia, Japan, Belgium, Russia and Czechoslovakia. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday and is ideal for tourists of all ages. 8. Maison Thomassin. This is a 14th century mansion built by the Thomassins family. They were one of the wealthiest families in this era and were famous as cloth craftsmen. These days, the mansion is famous for its façade displaying very delicate sculptures and its second floor with remarkable, gothic arches. There are a lot more spots to go to in Lyon. One would enjoy experiencing this old city trapped in the modern-day world and its power in taking one back in time, while letting him enjoy many present things too.