World Heritage Inscription

On 5th December 1998, the historical site of Lyons, a territory marked by the ancient fortifications of the town including the Hill of Fourvière and a large part of the Peninsula, was registered as part of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites.

The historical part of the town, spread over 500 hectares, contained a large number of elements that justified its status as an exceptional site: its geographical position, between two hills and the confluent of two rivers, human settlements and a continuous and coherent urban development, a way of life characteristic of its upper-middle classes and mercantile population issued from many European regions, an important architecture and well-kept buildings, all testimony to the evolution of the town through the centuries.

A walk in the historical site of Lyons is a walk in time. From its foundation in 43 BC up until today, the city has maintained a permanent and continuous link with the periods that have marked its history.

In 2020, we have extended the information to a wider area: the Large Historic Urban Area of Lyon, i.e. the UNESCO sector extended to the entire Fourvière hill (central Lyon including Croix-Rousse, Presqu'Ile and Confluence), and Lyon Est (i.e. Lyon 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th districts).


03/02/13: Lyons’ World Heritage site on Internet

For a good historical comprehension of the World Heritage site, and the city of Lyons, we thus proposed to consolidate and synthesise all the descriptive data for the entire sector and each of its quarters :

  • a web site with more than 170 pages
  • a buildings data base of more than 1000 fact sheets
  • historical references
  • architectural descriptions
  • several detailed documents on remarkable monuments
  • a guide to help prepare visits
  • aerial photos for geographical information
  • a large photo library with some 360° dynamic photos
  • 3D evocations of disappeared elements
  • a directory of other web sites
  • this English version


Our partners and sources of informations :
  • Bibliothèque de l’association et fonds Desvignes-Dechelette,
  • École d'architecture (laboratoire Map Aria),
  • Éditions Lyonnaises d’Art et d’Histoire,
  • Association des Sanctuaires Saint-Just Saint-Irénée,
  • Association 'Lyon en 1700',
  • Association De Condate à Lyon Confluence,
  • Cybercité, agence de webmarketing et référencement,
  • Présence Asso, agence de communication web,
  • Izi.TRAVEL, plateforme numérique de référence de voyages,
  • Ville de Lyon,
  • Mairies d'arrondissement des 5e, 1er, 2e, 3e, 4e, 6e, 7e et 8e,
  • Mission Historique,
  • Service Archéologique de la Ville,
  • Bibliothèque Municipale,
  • Archives Municipales,
  • Archives Départementales et Métropolitaines,
  • Musées Gadagne,
  • Musée Gallo-Romain Lugdunum,
  • Conseils de Quartiers Lyon 2e,
  • Commission Patrimoine Lyon 1er,
  • Service Archéologique de la Ville,
  • Site Internet,
  • Société d'Histoire de Lyon,
  • Sauvegarde et Embellissement de Lyon,
  • Google Arts & Culture,
  • Institut Cervantes de Lyon,
  • Association des Chinois de Lyon et Région (ACLYR),
  • Pitney Bowes (logiciel MapInfo),
  • André Pelletier, professeur émérite,
  • Claude Devigne, photographe professionnel.