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Lyon (Arpitan: Liyon), often Anglicized as Lyons, is a city in east-central France in the region Rhône-Alpes, situated between Paris and Marseille as you can see in Lyon map. Its name is pronounced [ljɔ̃] ( listen) in French and Arpitan, and /liːˈɒn/ or /ˈlaɪ.ənz/ in English. Lyon is located at 470 km from Paris, 320 km from Marseille, 160 km from Geneva, 280 km from Turin, 450 km from Milan and 600 km from Barcelona. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais (singular and plural). Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes région, the préfecture of the Rhône département, and the capital of 14 cantons, covering 1 commune, and with a total population of 488,300 (2007).
Lyon is a major centre of business with a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy and having a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière as its shown in Lyon map. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships. The specialization of some sectors of activities have the consequence of creating several main business centers:La Part-Dieu, located in the 3rd arrondissement is the second biggest business district after La Défense in Paris with its emblematic Tour du Crédit Lyonnais (Pencil tower) and Oxygen Tower.Cité Internationale (International City), completely created by the architect Renzo Piano and finished in 2006. This zone is located in the border of the Parc de la tête d'or in the 6th arrondissement.
The GDP of Lyon is 52 billion euros, and the city is the second richest city after Paris as its mentioned in Lyon map. Lyon and its region Rhône-Alpes represent one of the most important economies in Europe and, according to the Loughborough university, can be compared to Philadelphia, Bombay or Athens concerning its international position. The city of Lyon is working in partnerships to more easily enable the establishment of new headquarters in the territory. (ADERLY, Chambre du commerce et d'industrie, Grand Lyon...). According to the ECER-Banque Populaire, Lyon is the 14th favorite city in the European Union concerning the creation of companies and investments.
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Like any large metropolitan area, Lyon has a thriving downtown scene and its heart is the Rue de la République, a long stretch of cobblestone that is free of cars and full of shops, boutiques, and outdoor cafés. From here you can easily get to popular attractions such as the opera house, several impressive fountains, and the quais of the Rhône as you can see in Lyon downtown map. One of Lyon most popular shopping areas is located smack in the city center, on the semi-natural "island" between the Rhône and Saône rivers, known locally as the Presqu'Île.
Although it is a very large arrondissement (it is actually the most populated district in the city), the 3rd arrondissement, especially the area bordering the Rhone river, can be considered part of what we could consider “Downtown Lyon”. Perhaps the best way to begin a trip to Lyon is to start at Place Bellecour, the great piazza in the city centre between the Rhône and the Saône as its shown in Lyon downtown map.
The city centre is called the "presqu'île", it is the area in-between the 2 rivers as its mentioned in Lyon downtown map. Cross the Place Bellecour, the largest pedestrian square in Europe, and admire the equestrian statue of Louis XIV in its centre. Stroll along the city centre bustling shopping streets, allowing yourself to be tempted by its department stores, luxury brands and designer boutiques. Visit the Place des Terreaux, where the Bartholdi fountain stands in the centre of a square overlooked by the City Hall and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
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Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris, with the population of its urban area estimated to be 1,783,400 and that of its metropolitan area 4,415,000 (2007) as you can see in Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - France map. Its urban region (Urban Community of Lyon), represents half of the Rhône-Alpes région population with three million inhabitants. Lyon is also a major industrial centre specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city also contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games.
Lyon is the préfecture (capital) of the Rhône département, and also the capital of the Rhône-Alpes région. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its shown in Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - France map. Lyon was historically known as the silk capital of the world. The city is known as the culinary capital of France. For several centuries Lyon has been known as the French capital of gastronomy, due, in part, to the presence of many of France finest chefs in the city and its surroundings (e.g. Paul Bocuse). This reputation also comes from the fact that two of France best known wine-growing regions are located near Lyon: the Beaujolais to the North, and the Côtes du Rhône to the South. Beaujolais wine is very popular in Lyon and remains the most common table wine served with local dishes.
Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon (Fine Arts Museum), main museum of the city and one of the largest art galleries in France. Housed in the "Palais Saint Pierre", a former 17th century convent, it displays a major collection of paintings (Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Nicolas Poussin, Rubens, Rembrandt, Zurbaran, Canaletto, Delacroix, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Francis Bacon...), collections of sculptures, drawings and printings, decorative arts, roman and Greek antiquities, the second largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in France after that of the Louvre and a medal cabinet of 50 000 medals and coins as its mentioned in Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - France map.
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Lyon is home to some of the most dangerous viruses in the world (class 4) in the Jean Merieux laboratory of research, like Ebola, Marburg, Nipah, Hendra, Lassa as you can see in Lyon on world map. The Petit Prince book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is the 4th most translated book in the World. Beautiful illustrations were also drawn by Saint-Exupéry himself. In 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site was designated to the Historic Site of Lyon.
The original medieval city (Vieux Lyon) was built on the west bank of the Saône river at the foot of the Fourvière hill, west of the Presqu'île as its shown in Lyon on world map. This area, along with portions of the Presqu'île and much of the Croix-Rousse is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world first funicular railway was built between Lyon and La Croix-Rousse in 1862. The 6th arrondissement, is home to the Parc de la Tête d'Or, one of Europe largest urban parks, the prestigious Lycée du Parc to the south of the park, and Interpol world headquarters on the park western edge. The park contains a free zoo that has recently been upgraded.
The church of Saint Francis of Sales is famous for its large and unaltered Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ, attracting audiences from around the world as its mentioned in Lyon on world map. Lyon also features a renowned opera house. The Historic Site of Lyon was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. In their designation, UNESCO cited the "exceptional testimony to the continuity of urban settlement over more than two millennia on a site of great commercial and strategic significance."