That was my second weekend in Lyon, I heard from my co-worker that there was a city of Roman history near Lyon(Thank you, Mathis). That was Vienne- a city of south-eastern France around 30km from Lyon, situated on Rhone river. It was a former Roman colony and once a center of textile industry.
I left early in the morning. It was 20 minutes by train from Lyon. Soon after I got down at Vienne I headed to the tourist office and got to know about the places to visit and also got a route map. The whole city can be covered by foot. Indeed, there is a specific heritage route with markings on the road which covers all the major places to visit.
1. Saint-André-le-Bas church
Following the heritage route, I first stopped by a medieval church of Vienne. It is a church built in the 9th century with very fine stone carvings and generally employed for exhibitions in recent days.
2. Saint-Maurice Cathedral
Next was a cathedral of Saint-Maurice built in the 13th century which is a combination of Roman and gothic styles. The interior of the cathedral is breathtaking.
3. Roman Temple
The Roman temple known as the Temple of Augustus and Livia was built in 1BC.
4. Museum and site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal Vienne
I then visited the Museum and historical site of Saint-Romain-en-gal situated on the bank of river Rhone. The museum depicts the history of ancient Vienne, economy, crafts, mosaics and daily life in the Roman house. The archeological site depicts the Gallo-Romain civilization.
5. Belvedere of Pipet and Théâtre Antique
This is the place one shouldn’t miss in Vienne. On climbing to the top of Mount Pipet where there are a chapel and statue of the Virgin mary and there’s a fantastic view of the city, Rhône Valley, and the Antique roman theater.
This Roman theater hosts the Vienne Jazz festival every year in the month of July.
6. Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology
Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology contains collections of objects of Gallo-Roman, French pottery, and paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
- It costs around 5-10 Euro from Lyon to Vienne in the regional train (TER).
- In Vienne, Follow the standard heritage route. Just follow logo incorporated on the road which covers all the heritage sites.
- Buy a single ticket which covers all three museums. It’s economical.
I am back again, but this time signing in from new place! I recently moved to Lyon, a city of East France for one of the most important beginnings of my life.
Lyon is famous for its food and the UNESCO word heritage architectural sites. I spent my first weekend in Lyon and visited few places and of course tried to click some beautiful pictures. Regarding my experience, yes it’s totally different experience for me because I was in more calm and countryside sites before coming here. There are lots of places to visit, spend time and do some photography. I think I won’t be bored living here. In my free time, I was able to go to very few places and there is always a lot more to explore! Here are few pictures.
A medieval cathedral with an astronomical clock of the 14th century and museum.
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Basilica of the 19th century on top of a small mountain – Fourviere. It has four towers around and an art museum.
It’s an ancient Theatre of Fourviere built around 15 BC. It is also located on the hill of Fourviere. A calm place to sit and enjoy the city view.
Museum of Gallo-Roman civilization.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
It is one of the largest urban parks in France spreading around 117 acres. It is integrated with a lake and during summer boating is the main attraction in the park.
Rivers of Lyon
Rhône and Saône are the two rivers of Lyon.
Lyon at Night
Keep waiting. Still, more to come from the beautiful city – Lyon.