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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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Address: 70 rue Saint Jean, 69005, Lyon, France
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+33 4 78 54 76 21
08:00 - 19:00
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A 12th-century Gothic cathedral with impressive stained-glass windows.

A 12th-century Gothic cathedral with impressive stained-glass windows.

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Built with the stones taken from Roman buildings ( you can see the bigger, lighter Roman stones in the renovated part of the church up front, at the base versus the newer, smaller... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well, most of these churches are interesting in their own way. The USP of this one is perhaps the astronomical clock, which was constructed at a time when ecclesiastical authorities knew for a fact – supported, apparently, by biblical evidence – that the sun revolved around the Earth. Still, some ingenious mechanical engineer obviously designed a non-heretical time-keeping device that... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Built with the stones taken from Roman buildings ( you can see the bigger, lighter Roman stones in the renovated part of the church up front, at the base versus the newer, smaller stones higher up) when cathedral was started in the 11th century. Before, there were even 3 churches next to each other at this site. Make sure to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Cathédrale de Saint Jean took some 300 years to build, and its overall proportions are very harmonious. The interior is quite sober, and some renovations are required and will in fact start in the course of 2017. If you take a guided tour of the Vieux Lyon, the cathedral will be one of the stops, and you will be... More 

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Kapolei, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a bit of free time one afternoon in Lyon and were wandering the pedestrian shopping street when we came upon the Cathedral de Saint Jean de Baptiste. While we didn't venture inside (we will on our next visit) we did discover the ruins in the adjacent courtyard of earlier churches and even roman blocks in the foundations. A... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another classic cathedral in France beautiful art work and amazing gothic architecture and free also right in town easy to access for anyone

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get the chance to have a look around then try to visit, really beautiful piece of architect. Stunning ceiling and just a really peaceful place to visit. Henry IV married Marie de Medicis here, I only found that out after visiting here

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Amboise, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Primatiale St-Jean is an essential location of Lyon. The site celebrated the wedding of Henry IV and Marie de Medicis, while the Archbishop holds the title of Primate of the Gauls. Very fine stained glass, an extraordinary astrological clock and very fine choir. The Primatiale is notable for having 4 towers: two on the facade and two on the arms... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped into this cathedral on walk up to the Fourviere and viewed the astronomical clock, photographed the interior and exterior which have amazing architecture. The circle and statue of Saint John are also impressive outside the cathedral.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

14c astronomical clock: do not miss it. it moves 12h,14h,15h,16h but still well worth a visit anytime. Astounding.

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Campos Do Jordao, SP
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture , notorious building , it is in the heart of old village , so you can't miss it.

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