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- Lyon Cathedral
- Alt Name:
- Cathédrale St-Jean
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1100AD - 1199AD
- Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouviere, Lyon Gallo-Roman Museum,
Odeon of Lyon, Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls,
about Lyon Cathedral
Lyon Cathedral, also known as St Jean Cathedral or “Cathédrale St-Jean”, is Lyon’s main Roman Catholic church and the seat of the city’s archbishop. Since the eleventh century, the Archbishop of Gaul has also been known as the Primate of All the Gauls, a status granted by the Pope at that time and endowing this office with authority over all of France’s archbishops.
Construction of Lyon Cathedral began in the early twelfth century and was only completed in the late fifteenth century, sometime around the 1470’s. A mostly Gothic, but partially Romanesque structure, one of the most striking features of Lyon Cathedral is its fourteenth century astronomical clock, which indicates feast days.
Next to Lyon Cathedral is a reminder that it is one in a long line of churches built in Lyon since Roman times. In fact, it was built on the ruins of three other churches, the remains of which now stand behind it.
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Address: Rue Saint-Etienne, 69005 Lyon, France
Phone: Contact local tourist office.
A short walk from Vieux Lyon metro station (line D).
Lyon Cathedral is open daily, 8:15am-noon and 1:45pm-7pm (to 7:30pm weekends). Closed the morning of 1 Jan and closed to visitors during services (Sunday mornings). Entry is free.
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