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Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)
Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)

Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)

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70 rue Saint Jean, Lyon

The Basics

Surrounded by Renaissance dwellings, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathédrale St-Jean is a standout attraction, contributing to Lyon's inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To visit this Old Town cathedral, take any number of tours that pass near the cathedral, including e-bike tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours. To taste Lyon's famous cuisine, consider a food tour, which typically introduces visitors to local flavors, visits the city's markets, and stops in the Old Town.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The cathedral's astronomical clock is a must-see for watch aficionados—its perpetual calendar is accurate, and the clock chimes daily.

  • If you have limited time, take a private tour, which typically visits Lyon's top attractions in just a few hours, including Cathédrale St-Jean.

  • It's possible to visit for daily mass, held in morning and evening.

  • Lyon is celebrated for its cuisine, so make time to taste local dishes and stop at its plentiful gourmet markets.

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How to Get There

Situated in the heart of Old Lyon, the Cathedrale St-Jean is a short walk from Vieux Lyon metro station and the Saint Paul train station (Gare de Saint Paul). To take the metro, hop on the D metro line—just one stop east of Bellecour metro station. The cathedral is a short walk from the metro, at 70 rue Saint Jean.

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When to Get There

The cathedral is open on weekdays from 8:15am to 7:45pm. On weekends, it's open from 8am to 7pm. Mass is held twice daily. For a special experience, time your visit to the chiming of the astronomical clock, which rings at 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. To avoid crowds and parishioners, visit during the week in the afternoon.

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Visiting the Museum of the Cathedral Treasure

To the right of the cathedral, you find one of the oldest standing buildings in the city: an 11th-century choir school. Today, this building showcases a collection of religious relics, dating to the 9th century. Find liturgical clothing, Byzantine crafts, and 17th-century tapestries. The museum is free to visit.

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