10 Lyon Cathedral Facts

Facts about Lyon Cathedral

  1. The Cathedral hosted the very first Council of Lyon.

  2. During the Annual Festival of Light, the Cathedral displays a choreographed lighting display on the façade of the cathedral.

  3. The construction of the cathedral begun in 1180 and was completed in 1476.

  4. The Cathedral was built on top of the ruins of a 6th-century church.

  5. The cathedral is known as “Primatiale”.

  6. J.M.W. Turner sketched a study of the Cathedral from the heights of the Fourviere Hill, In 1819.

  7. The Cathedral of Lyon was styled in Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

  8. Cathedral of Lyon is dedicated to the Saint John the Baptist and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.

  9. Edgar Degas used the Lyon Cathedral for the settings of his painting ‘Ceremony of Ordination at Lyon Cathedral’.

  10. The cathedral of Lyon was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, who were the first two bishops of Lyon.

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