The story of Lyon’s first Christians
Follow your tour guide for a two-hour guided tour, to learn about the arrival of Saint Pothinus, the first bishop of Lyon, and the history of the city’s first Christians.
On the esplanade of Fourvière, known as ‘la colline qui prie’ (literally ‘the hill that prays’, in reference to its religious importance), you can take in the panoramic view of Lyon and get acquainted with Saint Pothinus.
In Fourvière Basilica, through its stained glass windows and mosaics, you will discover the fate of the first Christian community in the second century CE.
This is followed by a stroll through the new district of the Antiquaille.
The tour ends with a visit to the crypt and dungeon of Saint Pothinus, in the Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon (a centre for learning about Christian history). The restored mosaics illustrate the letter describing the martyrdom of Christians in Lyon, in the year 177.
Tour provided by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès's tour guides
lease ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
Please bring good shoes
This visit is not accessible to PMR
Photos are subject to specific authorization
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation
Walking guided tour
Funicular > Fourvière
At the foot of the Basilica stairs, under the lion statue - Lyon 5th
The martyrs of Lyon
In 177, in Lugdunum, the capital of Roman Gaul, the first known group of Christians in Gaul were put on trial. Among them was a young woman named Blandine, who is today the patron saint of Lyon.
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All I need is a sturdy pair of shoes and a good hat, and I'm ready to take you on a "voyage through our city" I'll be delighted to take you on a discovery tour of our "landmark" sights as well as my own favourites.
In other words, I'd like to help you gain insight into the soul of our city! And on the way, I'll tell you all about the history and art of our UNESCO-listed capital.
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