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City Guide : Lyon

Located at the east central part of France, Lyon is a city placed on the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers and surrounded by the Fourvière (to the west) and Croix-Rousse (to the north) hills. Lyon is the second most populous metropolitan area of the country and is the second largest business capital of France after Paris. Lyon has an international fame in the areas of engineering, textiles, chemicals, health and pharmaceuticals. Standing as the silk capital of the world, Lyon is a significant fashion center. The city is the gastronomy capital of France.

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Lyon has worldwide reputation with its gastronomy, Olympique Lyonnais football team and neighborhoods of silk industry. However, Old Lyon (the largest Renaissance quarter of France) architectures, Presqu’île peninsula as the location at the confluence of Rhône and Saône rivers, museums and the two dissimilar rivers as the reflection of the two different aspects of the city are among the fundamental aspects adding to the fascination of Lyon.

    Fourviere Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière) located on the Fourviere Hill was built between 1872 and 1896. It harbors mosaics, stained glass and Saint-Joseph crypt.

    Cathedrale Saint-Jean situated at the foot of the Fourviere Hill was built between 12th and 15th centuries. This church is the reflection of the transition from Roman to Gothic architecture type.

    Chapelle de la Trinite (Trinity Chapel) built in 1617 is one of the finest examples of the Baroque art from the city history.

    Place Bellecour is one of the largest clear squares in Europe. In the middle of the plaza, the statue of King Louis XIV arises.

    Lyon is one of the exhibition centers. A great deal of museums are existed in the world of cultural treasury. Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) located at the center of the city harbors, Ancient Greek and Egyptian Arts, sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages and contemporary works. Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation (Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine) placed on the archaeological part of Fourviere is composed of various exhibitions connected by subterranean passages. You will find magnificent collection of statues, mosaics and many other discoveries within the Rhone-Alphes region.
  • Culture & Entertainment

    Culture is one of the significant aspects that Lyon stands out with. The city has an effulgent and vibrant cultural life. In addition to the performing centers adding to the world reputation of the city, Lyon is the place for cultural creation and innovation. Exhibitions, music, dance, theater, festivals and the other cultural values constitute a rich collection of cultural elements in the city.

    You can witness all the theatrical performances in Lyon, from classical to contemporary plays. Célestins Theater (Théâtre des Célestins) placed in the center of Lyon is the oldest theater in the city and the center for dramatic art. National Popular Theater (Théâtre National Populaire) placed in the center of Villeurbane is one of the significant historical institutions for the decentralization of theater and culture. The performances are mainly composed of innovative creations.

    Opera Orchestra at the Opera House and National Orchestra at the Auditorium are significant internationally known performing centers placed at the city. Lyon National Opera House built in 1993 is one of the most splendid theatrical architecture examples. Lyon Opera Ballet Company performing contemporary dances makes its best productions at this architectural and cultural highlight. Jazz, symphonic and world music concerts are held within the house.

    A great range of festivals are held in Lyon. Dance Biennial (September) is an original choreographic event actualized at more than twenty locations via 160 performances. L'Original Festival (March-April) is an international hip-hop festival. Tout l’monde dehors festival (Everyone Outside) is a festival organized throughout the city during summer.

    River Cruises are significant elements of the entertainment in Lyon. You can enjoy a cruise down the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon's City Boats give you the opportunity of an upmarket cruise between April and October. A great range of sport centers are available at the city. Swimming pools, ice skating rinks, roller skating parks, gymnasiums and many other sport facilities are eligible at Lyon.

    The nightlife in Lyon is limitless in terms of the entertainment experiences and the amusement venues available at the city. Vieux Lyon, the streets along by the Saône river, Presqu’île and Croix teem with sumptuous and alluring places. Most of the districts of the city offer what a night life can provide.
  • Food & Drink

    Lyon has been the gastronomic capital of the world for centuries. Lyon cuisine is the kingdom of the quality and delicious palates. This condition mainly takes root from the local facilities of quality productions. The fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables of the Fronze Region and the Rhone Valley, the unprecedented fish of the Savoy Lakes, the farms of Bresse and Charolais areas, the game from the Dombes and many generous fields and opulent culinary facilities create the versed city cuisine.

    Some local culinary delights;

    Pork products and Cervelle de Canuts (soft cheese with herbs), petit salé (ham with lentils), fried pork fat, Lyonnais salad, tablier de sapeur (tripes), gras double (tripes), quenelles dumplings (a mixture of butter, semolina and fish), black pudding, andouillette (chitterling sausage), paillasson (fried hashed potatoes)...

    The wines of Lyon are so delightful that you will not be able to get enough of it. The vineyards placed at Beaujolais, Côteaux du Lyonnais and Côtes du Rhône regions are the main sources of the delicious city wines.
  • Shopping

    Lyon is the paradise of the shopaholics. Shopping is one of the fundamental ingredients of the art of living in the city. Antiques, local handmade and silk are among the main local products.

    The Carré d’Or district is full of more than 70 luxury shopping centers gathered between Place Bellecour and Cordeliers. The pedestrian street by Rue Victor Hugo and Rue de la République is one of the largest streets of its type in Europe. Most of the franchised stores are found here. Rue Auguste Comte district is the location for antiques, art and decoration. More than hundred shops found here and sell the city's artistic trades.

    In Lyon, there are more than 650 antique shops. The Auguste Comte district and the Villeurbanne Flea Market are among the main locations for antique and bric a brac stalls.
Route Map: Algiers – Lyon Flight

Chic, Cultured And Appetizing

Sister-city of Sinop, Lyon boasts a large number of must-see treasures. Traboules, or Old Lyon, is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Derived from the Latin ‘transambulare’ meaning passage, these structures, a mix of tunnels and passageways, were first built in the 4th century.

Today you can walk, and touch history, in the traboules, which enabled merchants to transport goods easily from the river to the city during the centuries when it was the center of the silk trade. Built as a girls’ school in the 17th century, Lyon Town Hall adds splendor to a quiet city square. And Notre Dame de Fourviève Basilica, built on a site dominating the city in the second half of the 19th century, is one of its symbols. Fontaine des Bartholdi is a lovely fountain built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who also fashioned America’s Statue of Liberty. For those keen to include the pricey shops and restaurants on their itinerary, Presqu’île between the Rhone and Saône Rivers is the place to go. Lyon is not known as the capital of gastronomy for nothing. It boasts the most Michelin-starred chefs in the region. The city’s central district, its name means peninsula. But it would be unfair to think of this merely as a seat of luxury, for the streets of Presqu’île are home to historic buildings that have lost none of their beauty.

Bellecour is one of Europe’s largest squares. The statue at the center is of the French king, Louis XIV. Antique buffs meanwhile should head for the Auguste Comte district and Villeurbanne Market. St. Pierre Palace is a giant art museum with seventy some halls. The blocks of colored antique marble at the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization, where you can also enjoy a view of the city, are well worth seeing on your tour. But the museums that might interest you in Lyon are not limited to these. Also known as the city where the Frères Lumière were born and raised and invented the cinema, Lyon also has a museum devoted to these two renowned brothers. When you emerge from a museum in Lyon, it’s pleasant to take a river cruise and view the sunset from the city’s famous La Feuillée Bridge. Try Lyon, you’ll like it.

GETTING THERE
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Lyon-Istanbul flights daily. Flight times are 9:10 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. from Istanbul and 12:25 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. from Lyon. www.turkishairlines.com

DON’T MISS
Parc de la Tête d’Or and Jardin Botanique de Lyon are two Lyon gardens beautiful for their colors and head-spinning scents. Not far from the city, the Beaujolais region with its vineyards and grape harvest tours is also worth seeing. And in December and January the city’s major buildings are illuminated in a veritable festival atmosphere. www.onlylyon.org

Ticket Sales Offices : Lyon

TK Sales - Airport
Address Turkish Airlines Aeroport St EXUPERY BP135 Terminal 1 69125 LYON
Phone Reservation: (33) 437 91 66 66
Lost Baggage: (33) 437 91 66 73
Call Center: 0 825 800 902
Fax (33) 472 35 08 54
Telex
E-Mail infolyon@turkishairlines.fr
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Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday: 09:30 / 17:30
Wed / Sat / Sun: 10.00/18.00

THY CARGO
Address Turkish Airlines Cargo -Türk Hava Yolları Kargo10, Rue Du Pave BP 18353 – Fret 5 Trembley En France 95706 Roissy Cdg Cedex
Phone Call Center : (33) (0) 1742 504 93
(33) (0)1 74251037
Baggage: 0825 800 902
Fax (33) (0) 1742 504 94
Telex
E-Mail lyscargo@thy.com
Work Hours

Weekdays 09:30-18:00

KARGO GSA
Address Global Cargo Management France (acik isim) Zac Du Moulin 9 Rue Du Noyer B.P 15418 95707 Roissy CDG Cedex
Phone (33) (0) 1301 821 85-88
Fax (33) (0) 1301 824 43
Telex
E-Mail operations@globalairline.fr
Work Hours

Weekdays 09:00-18:00

  • Lyon : Airport Information

    St Exupery Airport

    Address : Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, BP 113, 69125 Lyon, France
    Phone : +33 426 007 007
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Area : 47.87 km²
Population : 445.274 (1999)
Monetary Unit : Euro
Phone Code : +33
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