The Bartholdi Fountain in the centre is a true work of art.

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Place des Terreaux Square

Epicentre of the new Lyon

This huge enclave surrounded by some of the key landmarks of the city, including City Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts, is just steps from the Lyon Opera and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Place des Terreaux is a rectangular pedestrian square that's lovely when evening falls and the lighting creates a fantastic atmosphere straight out of a postcard. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants, but the best part of this square is the famous Bartholdi Fountain, a work of art by a sculptor of the same name; it represents a carriage drawn by four horses that almost seem to be alive. Curiously, a local legend has it that former enemies of the king were once executed in the centre of the square, so it was considered bad luck to walk past.

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