Te;te d'Or Park, or the Park de la Tete d'Or, is the largest central city park in all of France and a delightful place for a jog or family recreation. Designed by landscape architect Denis Buhler in 1856, the historic park features wide tree-lined paths, botanical gardens and a zoo. Remaining largely intact from its original layout, the Rose Garden added in 1961 represents the only major change to the famed Lyon Park. To learn more, visit www.loisirs-parcdelatetedor.com/anglais/anglais.htm.
The National Opera House is one of Lyon's grandest attractions. A stunning glass dome frames the 300-year old building, which sits on a picturesque spot along the the Rhone River near City Hall. Home to the Opera House Orchestra and the Lyon Opera Ballet company, the inside of the 1,200 seat theatre is equally spectacular and offers some of the finest acoustics in the world. To learn more, visit www.opera-lyon.com.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist-Saint-Etienne
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist-Saint-Etienne (or Saint-Jean Primatiale) is located in Lyon's histic Vieux Lyon neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Founded by St. Irenaeus and St. Pothinus, today the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist-Saint-Etienne serves the diocese of Lyon and is the the church of the Archbishop. To learn more, visit www.cathedrale-lyon.cef.fr.
Resistance and Deportation Museum
Housed in an actual building, which the Head of the Lyon Gestapo used to hold victims in the cellars, the Resistance and Deportation History Centre provides a rare first hand look at history. Although the Gestapo left this building in May 1944 after an attack by Allied forces, the Gestapo continued in the city until Lyon was liberated on 3rd September 1944. To learn more, visit www.chrd.lyon.fr/chrd/sections/fr/pied/english_1.
The African Museum of Lyon is one of the oldest museums in Lyon and was first established as the Societe des Missions Africaines in 1861. The collection was comprised of donations, which missionaries sent over from Africa. After undergoing a massive renovation in 2001, today the museum displays a permanent collection of thousands of African artifacts comprising their daily, social and spiritual life. To learn more, visit www.musee-africain-lyon.org