Lyon, the second largest city in France, lies at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers in central-eastern Rhone-Alpes region. Lyon was founded on the Fourviere hill as the Roman colony of Lugdunum in 43 BC. Later it became the capital of the Burgundian kingdom and finally came under French control in the 14th century. Nowadays the Lyon region is an economic powerhouse of European stature and is France's second-largest business capital after Paris. Lyon is known as the French capital of gastronomy, due in part to its surroundings, which include two of France's best known wine-growing regions, the Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône. The old city of Lyon has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

01 Front view of basilica 02 Front view of basilica 03 Facade of basilica 04 Tower 05 Facade of basilica 06 Stained glass window
07 Stained glass window 08 Nave of basilica 09 Stained glass window 10 Interior decorations 11 High altar 12 High altar
13 Wall mosaic 14 Stained glass window 15 Decorations and vault 16 Interior decorations 17 Interior decorations 18 Night view of Fourviere basilica
19 Illuminated facade at night 20 Illuminated facade at night 21 Wall detail at night 22 Night view of Fourviere basilica 01 Rue de la Republique pedestrian area 02 Building facade
03 Rue de la Republique pedestrian area 04 Building facade 05 Place de la Republique square 06 Buildings on Place de la Republique 07 Buildings on Place de la Republique
08 Buildings on Place de la Republique 09 Building facade 10 Carousel 11 Carnot street 12 HM store 13 HM store
14 Chamber of commerce 15 Church and HM store 16 Bank of France 17 Bank of France 18 St Nizier church
19 Chamber of commerce 20 Hotel Dieu 21 Street 01 Colourful flower sculpture on Antonin Poncet square 02 Antonin Poncet square 03 Tower
04 Place Antonin Poncet square 05 Fountain on Antonin Poncet square 06 Place Antonin Poncet square 07 Hotel Royal 08 Panoramic Ferris wheel 09 Panoramic Ferris wheel
10 Panoramic Ferris wheel 11 Place Bellecour square 12 Roofs in downtown Lyon 13 Place Bellecour square
14 Place Bellecour square 15 Panoramic Ferris wheel 16 Tower at night 17 Tower at night 18 Panoramic Ferris wheel at night
19 Equestrian statue of Louis XIV at night 20 Panoramic Ferris wheel at night 21 Panoramic Ferris wheel at night 22 Bellecour square at night
23 Hotel Royal 01 Rue de la republique street 02 Place des Terreaux square 03 Hotel de Ville city hall 04 Hotel de Ville city hall
05 Bartholdi fountain 06 Bartholdi fountain statue 07 Hotel de Ville roof detail 08 Hotel de Ville roof detail 09 Hotel de Ville roof detail
10 Place des Terreaux square 11 Colonnade 12 Fine arts museum inner court 01 Guillotiere bridge
02 Guillotiere bridge and Rhone river 03 Lyon university 04 Guillotiere bridge and Rhone river
05 Skyline with Bellecour square 06 Skyline with Bellecour square 07 Skyline and Hotel Dieu 08 Roofs and chimneys
09 Waffle and pancake stall 10 Lift to Cordeliers underground station 11 Bicycles for rent 12 Church on Saone river 13 Skyline
14 Radisson hotel skyscraper 15 Central Lyon with Bellecour square 16 Part Dieu district and Radisson hotel 17 Carrefour market 18 Telecommunications tower at night
19 Lyon skyline at night
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