Place Bellecour is the third Largest square in France after, the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux and the Place de la Concorde in Paris, vehicles are allowed in Places de la Concorde and des Quinconce but not in Place Bellecour, which makes Place Bellecour the largest pedestrianised square in Europe.
When you visit Lyon, you really can’t visit the beautiful city without stepping foot on to the reddish sand square, walk to the center of the square to find a statue of Louis XIV, however, this isnt the orginal Louis XIV statue, the first one was created in 1713 and was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1793, to make a cannon from it, for the French Revolution, however in 1825 a new statue was sculpted in Paris by Francos-Frederic Lemot, and took twenty-four horses and twelve days to transported it to Lyon. A new statue of Antoine de Saint-Exupery sitting in front of the Little Prince was erected in 2000, for the Centenary of the Aviator’s Birth.
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there
- The square’s metro station also called Bellecour, is the intersection of lines A and D.
- The square is served by many buses: including 10, 14 and 88.
Events and Festivals
Every year a few events take place in Place Bellecour.
- During the winter an Ice Ring is installed.
- In Winter, a 60 Meter Ferris wheel is installed and gets dismantled in early March.
- Throughout the year you can find concerts and events happening in the square.
Open all year round 24/7
Address: Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon, France | Coordinates: 45°45′27″N 4°49′56″E
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