The Cathedral of St. John is a medieval church with architectural elements of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries….. and is the principal religious structure in the city with the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon, the Basilica of St-Martin-d’Ainay being one of the rare surviving Romanesque basilica-style churches…. the Eglise Saint-Nizier is a Gothic church with a carved doorway…. the Vieux Lyon or the English Old Lyon area is the Medieval and Renaissance quarter of the town, with shops, dining and cobbled streets…… The Place Bellecour, is one of the largest town squares in Europe….Chapelle de la Trinité….. the first Baroque chapel…..and Saint-Bruno des Chartreux…. a church and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon is a Fine Arts Museum housed in a former convent of the seventeenth- century…. This stunning and eminently manageable museum showcases France’s finest collection of sculptures and paintings outside of Paris from antiquity onwards….the main museum of the city and one of the largest art galleries in France. Housed in the “Palais Saint Pierre”, a former seventeenth-century convent, it displays a major collection of paintings by artists collections of sculptures, drawings and printings, decorative arts, Roman and Greek antiquities…. the second largest collection of Egyptian antiquities after that of the Louvre…. and a medal cabinet of fifty thousand medals and coins……….
Make a trip to the Gallo-Roman Museum displaying many valuable objects and artworks found on the site of Roman Lyon such as Circus Games Mosaic, Coligny calendar and the Taurobolic Altar and the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon….. a contemporary art museum!
Other sites include…….. the Musée Gadagne…… a museum of the history of Lyon housed in a historic building that also includes a large collection of marionnettes…… Housed in a sixteenth-century mansion built for two rich Florentine bankers, this twin-themed exhibition space incorporates an excellent local history museum Musée d’Histoire de Lyon chronicling the city’s layout……The Musée des Automates is a museum of automated puppets.
Some mesmerizing gardens for a stroll…..are…..the Parc de la Tête d’Or, or literally, the Golden Head Park, in central Lyon….. the largest urban park in France that features a vast lake on which boating takes place during the summer months……and the Jardin botanique de Lyon included in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, which now describes itself as the largest municipal botanical garden…… Place des Terreaux is the centrepiece of the Presqu’île’s beautiful central square… a nineteenth-century fountain made of twenty-one tonnes of lead and sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi of the Statue of Liberty fame!
Maison des Canuts…..On a fifty-minute guided tour, learn about weavers’ labour-intensive life and the industry’s evolution, see manual looms in use, and browse the silk boutique
Sitting astride the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, Lorraine’s graceful capital Metz…. pronounced ‘mess’ is ready to be fêted…… Though the city’s Gothic marvel of a cathedral, superlative art collections and Michelin star–studded dining scene long managed to side-step the world spotlight, all that changed with the show-stopping arrival of Centre Pompidou-Metz….. Yet the Pompidou is but the prelude to Metz’ other charms…. buzzy pavement cafes and shady riverside parks, a beautiful old town built from golden Jeumont stone and a regal Quartier Impérial up for UNESCO World Heritage status….. Suddenly, everyone’s talking about this city, and rightly s More Tourist attractions in France city.
Bright white by day, all aglow after dark, this new star of the northern France art scene is on the tip of everyone’s tongue….. Designed by world class art-duo, specifically Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, with a curved roof resembling a space-age Chinese hat, the architecturally innovative Centre Pompidou-Metz is the star of the city’s art scene….A provincial cousin to the well-known Centre Pompidou in Paris, this modern art museum is as much an architectural gem as an exhibition powerhouse, easily on par with Bilbao’s Guggenheim and London’s Tate……. Part of the experience is a designer lunch, aka edible art on a plate, at the Museum’s La Voile Blanche……. The Cathédrale St-Étienne has lacy golden spires and this Gothic cathedral crowns the Metz’ skyline…… the Gothic Saint Stephen’s cathedral is sometimes nicknamed the Good Lord’s Lantern….in French, la Lanterne du Bon Dieu….. as it has the largest expanse of stained glass windows in the world….these include works by Gothic and Renaissance master glass makers…… the Quartier Impérial is engulfed with stately boulevards and bourgeois villas of the German Imperial Quarter, including rue Gambetta and av Foch….. the brainchild of Kaiser Wilhelm II……The Golden Courtyard, in French, la Cour d’Or, is a museum dedicated to the history of Metz, divided into four sections… archaeology, medieval, architecture, and fine arts…… The Golden Courtyard displays a rich collection of Gallo-Roman and medieval finds and the remains of the Gallo-Roman baths of Divodurum Mediomatricum,……Verlaine’s House, in French, la Maison de Verlaine is a museum located in the house where the poet Paul Verlaine was born, dedicated to his work, featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions…… the Solange Bertrand foundation, located in the artist’s former house, conserves and displays her artworks!