What Is Lyon, France Famous For?


Lyon, France is well-known for its Festival of Lights, Cathedral of St. John, City Hall of the Place des Terreaux and the ancient theater of Fourvière. Lyon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historically important areas, including the Roman district and Fourvière, the Silk district, Renaissance district and the Presqu'île.

The Festival of Lights in Lyon, known locally as the Fête des Lumières, occurs every year on Dec. 8 to commemorate the completion of a Virgin Mary statue. The statue was built in honor of a legend claiming that the Virgin Mary saved Lyon from a plague. Fourvière Hill contains the remains of an ancient Roman settlement, which contains the ruins of Fourvière Basilica's ancient theater. The town is also the home of the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, another ancient Roman ruin. The Cathedral of St. John, built during the Middle Ages, is known for its medieval architectural elements as the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.

Lyon is also known for its many famous historical residents, including the Roman emperors Claudius and Caracalla, poet Louise Labé, scientist André-Marie Ampère and chef Paul Bocuse. Lyon is home to the headquarters of Interpol and Euronews. It is also famous for its resistance to German occupation during World War II.