Lyon is a 2 millennium old city with a rich architectural and historical patrimony. What I absolutely love in this city is that at every corner of every street there is an old fountain, a church, city walls, status. In fact, Lyon is listed on the Unesco World Heritage since 1998.
Many of the buildings remind me of a mixture of French classicism and Italian Renaissance and there is nothing surprising about it this since due to its geographical position Lyon as always been at the center of trade roads and a stopover for artists coming to or from Italy (160 km from Geneva and 280 km from Turin)
Just like Paris, you will experience when in the historic city to be surrounded by water: on one side the Rhône and on the other the Saône that merge forming a peninsula or “Presqu’île”. West of the peninsula, is the original medieval city (Vieux Lyon) built on the west bank of the Saône river and at the foot of the Fourvière hill. Lyon is divided by districts (arrondissements in French); the most famous are Fourvière, la Presqu´île, Hotel de ville, la Croix Rousse & La Part- Dieu.
Lyon is a roman founded city 1rst century BC and was during Roman Empire the capital of the three Gauls. Because of its geographical situation artists passed through Lyon on their way to Italy in the 18th. (Italy had a considerable influence on the architecture of the city.) Lyon is also known as an importance production and silk weaving centre. ( famous luxury brands are still ordering to make in the fabrics of Lyon). Lyon played since the 19th century a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented the cinematographe.
Next week : Episode 3- We will finally touch base with gastronomy .. see you then 😉