Cathedral of St. Jean
Don't miss its spectacular 14th-century astronomical clock.
A stunning church indeed
Located in the beautiful Vieux Lyon neighbourhood, it was built in the late twelfth century, but it was not until the 15th century when all the work was completed. This feature makes the Cathedral of Saint John a perfect study of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic with its perfect blend of architectural styles. The grandeur of its façade will leave you spellbound with its 300 medallions in which different episodes of the Bible are told; meanwhile, the interior stands out for its impressive vaults, stained glass windows, and the enormous yet surprisingly delicate central rose window. Of course, the best part of your visit to the cathedral may be its fourteenth century astronomical clock, which shows the position of the moon, sun and stars over Lyon. It is a must in every way, a true symbol of the city.
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