General view of Lyon and the Fourvière hill.


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Lyon, its two rivers, its two hills.

And the Statue of the Virgin Mary which protects the whole city from the top of Fourvière.

In the space of 20 years, the Capital of Gaul, formerly described as a bourgeois and closed city, has been able to transform itself to open up and become one of the most attractive provincial cities.

Visitors flock to discover its gastronomy, its way of life, the “Vieux-Lyon” classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and its most beautiful buildings.

There are however some resounding failures on the architectural level.

"Errors" which lift your heart when you pass by, anomalies that one would like to erase from the landscape.

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