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___ Satellite View and Map of the City of Lyon (eng.: Lyons), France
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About LyonMap view showing Lyon, a river port and the third-largest city in France. The capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the seat of the prefecture of the Rhône department is situated in central east of France at the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône river, about 300 km (186 mi) north of Marseille, 460 km (286 mi) southeast of Paris and 150 km (93 mi) southwest of Geneva in Switzerland. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region lies in a transition zone between the northern temperate oceanic climates and the subtropical Mediterranean climates to the south.
Like several other places in Western Europe, Lyon was founded as a Roman colony in 43 B.C., by order of Augustus, the successor of Julius Caesar and the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The colonial town was named Lugdunum, it became a key city of Roman Gaul due to its strategic location, between northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.
In the mid 15th century King Louis XI of France decided to develop a national silk industry in Lyon, and in the 16th century, the city became the capital of the European silk trade.
Printing arrived in France in the late 15th century, printing houses opened in Paris in 1470 and in Lyon in 1472. Both locations covered 80 % of France’s book production. Lyon had about fifty printing houses.
Today Lyon is a major center of business and trade and best known as the capital of gastronomy.
The city has a population of about 500,000 residents (in 2014), more than 2.2 million people live in its metropolitan area, it is the second largest urban area (aire urbaine) in France.
Lyon is also a university city, a center for higher education and research, 3 universities and 16 institutions constitute the University of Lyon (Université de Lyon).
The old center of Lyon, a Renaissance building complex, is known as 'Vieux-Lyon', it is one of the largest old town quarters in France. The 'Historic Site of Lyons' is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as: 'Lyon bears exceptional testimony to the continuity of urban settlement over more than two millennia on a site of great commercial and strategic significance...'.
Lyon points of interest:
Places: Vieux Lyon (the Renaissance district of Lyon), Fourvière (a hill and the site of the original Roman town of Lugdunum), Place Bellecour (large public square with an equestrian statue of King Louis XIV), Palais de la Bourse(19th century building houses the Chamber of Commerce).
Museums: Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Museum of Fine Arts at the Place des Terreaux), Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (contemporary art), La Sucrière (more contemporary art), Musée des Confluences (a science center and anthropology museum), Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière (Museum about the city's Roman history); Musée de l'Imprimerie (Museum about the city's printing history)
Churches: Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (basilica built between 1872 and 1884 on the Fourvière hill); Lyon Cathedral (Gothic cathedral built between 1180 and 1480), Église Saint-Bonaventure (church on the Place des Cordeliers, completed in 1327), Église Saint-Nizier (Gothic church from late 16th century).
Forts: Fort Saint-Jean (part of the fort belt of Lyon), Fort de Loyasse (also part of the fort belt of Lyon intended to protect the city from invaders).
Parks: Parc de la Tête d'Or (expansive 19th century urban park with a lake and a human right place (Espace droits de l'homme)), Jardin botanique de Lyon (botanical garden within the Parc de la Tête d'Or).
In 2016 Lyon was one of the host cities for the UEFA Euro 2016 football games, venue is the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, a stadium with almost 60,000 seats, the newly built football stadium replaced the 'Stade de Gerland' in January 2016.
The map shows a city map of Lyon with expressways, main roads and streets, zoom out to see the location of Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (IATA code: LYS) located about 34 km by road (via A43 or A42) east of the city.
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