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Religious heritage

Saint John's Cathedral

Primatiale Cathédrale SaintJeanBaptiste ©
Primatiale Cathédrale SaintJeanBaptiste ©
Primatiale Cathédrale SaintJeanBaptiste ©
Primatiale Cathédrale SaintJeanBaptiste © T. Deschamps
Primatiale Cathédrale SaintJeanBaptiste © T. Deschamps
The cathedral was built from 1180 to 1480 and is 79m long, 26m wide and 32m high (main arch). Its frontage dates from the start of the 14th c. The large rose window from 1392 by Jacques de Beaujeu has a diameter of 8m.
The astronomical clock, built in 1598 by Nicolas Lippius, strikes at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The organ, bought in 1842 by cardinal de Bonald, consisted of 15 pipes and was situated at the back of the chancel. In 1936, it was extended to 50 pipes and placed in the south transept (national edifice). The bell, cast in 1622, is one of the largest known to date, between 8 and 9 tonnes and 2.19 m wide. Named Anne-Marie de la Primatiale, this bell is only rung for solemn occasions (10 to 15 times a year, including on 8th September for the aldermen's vows). Key dates for the cathedral: 1245: 1st Council of Lyon with Innocent IV 1271: the body of Saint-Louis who died in Tunis was placed here 1316: crowning of Pope John XXII 1562: damage by Calvinist troops 1600: marriage of Henry IV to Marie de Médicis 1805: Napoleon I and Joséphine were received by cardinal Fesch, the emperor's uncle. The "ZeVisit" application offers an audio guide in 7 indoor or outdoor stages, downloadable on


Guided tours

Contact details

place St Jean Cure : 8 place Saint-Jean 69005 Lyon 5ème

Tel. : 06 60 83 53 97


Kostenlose Führungen.

Opening times

Open all year from 8:15 am to 7 pm (Mon. to Fri. at 7::45 pm).
Opening 1 pm on Jan. 1st, Easter Mon., May 1st, May 8th, Pentecost Mon., July 14th and Nov. 11th.


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