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Place Bellecour
Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour

8.516 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark, Plaza
Ranked #4 in Lyon things to do
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Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon, France
+33 4 72 77 69 69
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The largest pedestrian square in all of Europe, the vast Place Bellecour is often the site of rallies, demonstrations, concerts, and in the winter, an ice skating rink and a gargantuan Ferris wheel. ... Read more
Once upon a time, the site was an alluvial island, and the Roman military set up camp and market there. The swampy area slowly became a pasture, and in 1604, Henry IV forced Lyon's city council to acquire it for a public square – a court trial ensued, and the square didn't take shape until 1708, when Louis the XIV took ownership of it. He named it Place Louis-le-Grand and a bronze statue of him was placed in the middle. Half a century later, the French Revolution destroyed the royal statue and replaced it with an altar dedicated to liberty, as well as a guillotine. It was renamed Place Bonaparte, and later Place Napoleon. In 1825, however, a new statue of Louis XIV was reinstated in the plaza, which still remains.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

This square is where the protests happens. It also has a few nice fountains and is home to the Lyon tourism office.

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London, UK

In the heart of the city centre, Place Bellcour is the largest of Lyon’s main squares. The focal point of the square is a statue of Louis XIV on a horse. The tourist information centre is located here and is a great starting point for your visit to Lyon. Surrounding the square are plenty of shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian street perfect for wandering and taking in the atmosphere of Lyon.

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Sydney, Australia

Main square in between the two rivers, you will always find something happening here. I don't recommend trying to find parking near to the square, it's almost always full. The center of Lyon isn't huge and their metro lines are very conveinent. I love all the restaurants located around Place Bellecour and the shopping is a hop and a skip away!

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Measuring 312 m by 200 m (62,000 m²),[1] it is the largest clear square in Europe. I lived next to this great place. Place Bellecour is THE place where you'll waiting for yours friends with the company of Louis XIV ;-)

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beautiful place in center

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United States

Tres belle place, avec à proximiter les transports en commun ( tcl et métro ) et des magasins ( rue de la république et rue victor hugo ). Petit plus avec un espace de jeu pour les enfants et de nombreuses activitées possibles .

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