Religious Sights in Lyon

There are hundreds of religious sights to visit in Lyon, so choosing between the many can be tricky if you have a limited number of days in the city. In this Top Ten list, we focus on the iconic, the unique and the lesser known religious sites in Lyon.

Basilique de Fourvière has been chosen for its iconic status on the religious sights scene - and also because it is also completely awe inspiring. And while visiting Basilique de Fourvière, you can also visit the "church within a church", Crypte de Fourvière, located inside the basilica.

Cathedrale St-Jean is number three on the list owing to its position and religious significance in Lyon since the 4th century, and you can also visit Jardin archéologique St-Jean, located just behind Cathedrale St-Jean.

Grand Mosquee de Lyon is among the Top Ten religious sights in Lyon because, Persian arcs and a huge glass pyramid (located over the entrance patio) are just a couple of the architectural achievements that make this mosque a special religious sight in Lyon.

And finally, we have Saint-Just and Saint-Irénée, two churches that join together with Basilique de Fourvière in creating the three religious cornerstones of Fourvière hill; known locally as "the praying hill".

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Basilique de Fourvière

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Place de Fourvière

The centrepiece of Lyon's glory... read more

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Église Saint-Bruno-des-Chartreux

7 Impasse des Chartreux

Unique Baroque church on Croix-Rousse hill...
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Cathédrale St-Jean

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Rue Saint Jean
At Rue Saint Etienne

Roman & Gothic... read more

Grande Mosquée de Lyon

146 Boulevard Pinel

Grand Mosque... read more


53 rue St-Georges

Neo-Gothic church rebuilt in 1844... read more

Crypte de Fourvière

8 Place de Fourvière
Basilique de Fourvière

Church Below a Church... read more

Temple du Change

Place du Change
2 rue Soufflot

Architecture & Culture... read more

Jardin archéologique St-Jean

rue Mandelot

Archaeological Site with the Remains of Early Christian Churches... read more


21 rue des Farges

Neoclassic church... read more


57 rue des Macchabées

Neobyzantian Church... read more
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