Lyon is France’s second largest city, second only to Paris. The city is crossed by two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone. In 1998, the entire historic center of Lyon was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Standing on the hillside of Fourviere, overlooking the city of Lyon, you can admire the typical red roof and enjoy both a picturesque view and a peaceful atmosphere.
On the same hill you you will find La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere which contains two churches different from each other in terms of style and decorations. Fourviere is dedicated to Virgin Mary and plays an important role in the life of Lyon’s inhabitants: it represents the highest expression of the Christianity, a symbol of protection and safety thanks to which Lyon has been saved from in the Black Death in 1643. In order to express their gratitude, at the beginning of December each year citizens will put lit candles on the windowsill to commemorate Virgin Mary. The candlelight of each family illuminates the whole city. This wonderful atmosphere is at the origin of legendary “Festival of Light”. Nowadays, this annual event attracts tourists from all over the world who come to admire professional teams showing their lighting arts.
A Great invention born in Lyon
In March 1895 the Lumiere brothers with their invention of the shooting camera made a short film “the door of the factory” (La sortie des ouvriers), which was considered as the world’s first film. In order to commemorate these two great figures, their former residence was changed to a film academy available for visiting. The facade of this building is full of signatures of famous directors who pay tribute to the two brothers and at the entrance of the film academy you can also see the picture of the movie clips.
Lyon is full of diverse culture and heritages, a unique melting pot you will find at each corner; you will be amazed by its beauty. The famous novel of “The Little Prince” was written in Lyon, which is also the pioneer of the silk industry. Here, you can explore the development of the textile industry with the depth of the history’s footprint, visit the ancient textile workshop and appreciate the delicate local silk products.
Lyon – Capital of French Gastronomy
Lyon is a paradise for gourmet and wine lovers: anything you will choose among the typical “bouchon” and the prestigious starred restaurants will delight your palate. Its unique geographic position which places it among three famous wine regions Beaujolais, Burgundy and Cote de Rhone, as well as the best producers of great meat, sausages and cheeses from Auvergne, Dauphine, Franche-Comté and Savoie region. It is a huge project to write down Lyon’s specialties.
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