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Remarkable heritage right by your cheap hotel in old Lyon

Remarkable heritage right by your cheap hotel in old Lyon

Saint-Jean cathedral
2000 years of history have left their mark on ‘Lugdunum’. Old Lyon was built on the banks of the River Saône, and is now a charming Renaissance district. In your cheap hotel in old Lyon, you’ll be right next to the discovery trail suggested by our team.
The Place du Gouvernement and Hôtel du Gouvernement
Work started on Saint-Jean cathedral in 1170 but continued for three centuries. As a result, it combines various architectural styles: Roman, Gothic and Flamboyant Gothic. Its façade is adorned with statues, some of which were decapitated in the 16th century. The cathedral is also famous for its astronomical clock.
The Loge du Change
The governor’s residence was originally a hostel. It only became a town house in 1826. It still stands out for the delicacy of its sculptures. It has lots of Early Modern features, including a loggia, balustrades and a well. It lends its name to its adjacent square.
The Maison Thomassin
The Loge du Change was the setting for business and money changing in the 17th century. The building has two levels, including a ground floor with colonnades. Towering above it are two clocks. It was made a Protestant church in 1803.
The Jardin Archéologique
This is one of the most ancient houses in Lyon: it was built in 1298. It is named after Claude Thomassin, a wealthy merchant who had the façade renovated in 1493 in the Gothic style. It has been restored several times, but still has vestiges of architectural styles from various former eras.
Not far from your cheap hotel in old Lyon, the Jardin Archéologique has ancient ruins and the vestiges of religious buildings uncovered during digs. Access is totally open to this listed historic site.
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