[Lyon, France] The Beautiful Murals of Lyon: A Visual Treat

Two summers ago, we visited the city of Lyon, host to the famous Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières), in France. During our week-long stay in the capital of the Rh_ô_ne-Alpes region, we explored several parks (including the lovely Parc de la Tête d’Or), relived history at the splendid Roman theater, and discovered the unique urban development project at La Confluence.

Bernard Pivot. La Fresque des Lyonnais, Lyon, France

Bernard Pivot. La Fresque des Lyonnais, Lyon, France

Our favorite trail of discovery in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema, was the trail of discovering frescoes. Walks in the city revealed beautiful murals at unexpected locations, and the beauty of these wall paintings left us eager to discover more.

Visiting Lyon? The best way to explore a city is by walking through its various neighborhoods. So, stroll around the city and find the murals: learn more about Lyon, wonder at the fascinating _trompe-l’œil _technique, and choose your favorite piece of art! Read on to learn about our favorite picks among the many murals in Lyon.

 

1. La Fresque des Lyonnais

See if you can identify these famous personalities from Lyon, and even if you are unable to do that, just admire the attention to detail and the spectacular effect that this mural achieves. We loved this one!

Antoine de St Exup_é_ry, the Lumière brothers, Bernard Pivot and others peer out from this large work of art and welcome you to the city of Lyon.

Location:_ _Intersection of 49 quai Saint Vincent and 2 rue de la Martinière

La Fresque des Lyonnais. Lyon, France

La Fresque des Lyonnais. Lyon, France

 

La Fresque des Lyonnais. Lyon, France

La Fresque des Lyonnais. Lyon, France

 

2. La Fresque de la Bibliothèque de la cité

An absolute delight for book-lovers. And everyone else! 🙂 Spot familiar books or authors on this wall, and pause to read out lines from “open” books.

Location: Interesection of quai de la Pêcherie and rue de la Platière

 

La Fresque de la Bibliothèque de la cité. Lyon, France

La Fresque de la Bibliothèque de la cité. Lyon, France

 

La Fresque de la Bibliothèque de la cité. Lyon, France

La Fresque de la Bibliothèque de la cité. Lyon, France

 

3. La Fresque de la Cour des Loges

This _trompe-l’œil_ exhibit was hidden by trees, but we were successful in locating it after straining our eyes and looking hard in all directions.

Location: place Ennemont Fousseret

 

La Fresque de la Cour des Loges. Lyon, France

La Fresque de la Cour des Loges. Lyon, France

La Fresque de la Cour des Loges. Lyon, France

La Fresque de la Cour des Loges. Lyon, France

 

4. Le Mur du Cinéma

A fitting tribute to the birthplace of cinema. From a depiction of various movies made in Lyon to a film-making scene, this mural highlights Lyon’s association with cinema and the significant contribution of the Lumière brothers.

Location: cours Gambetta

 

Le Mur du Cinéma. Lyon, France

Le Mur du Cinéma. Lyon, France

Le Mur du Cinéma. Lyon, France

Le Mur du Cinéma. Lyon, France

 

5. La Fresque Lumière

This rendition of a futuristic city is characterized by lighting effects. Observe it during the day or, for a unique experience, head there after dusk, and you will be witness to the bright touch produced by the smart usage of fiber optics.

A marvelous combination of two major aspects that Lyon is known for – light and murals!

Location: avenue Jean Jaurès

La Fresque Lumière. Lyon, France

La Fresque Lumière. Lyon, France

La Fresque Lumière. Lyon, France

La Fresque Lumière. Lyon, France

 

 

6. La Fresque de Shanghai

Ancient and new symbols of China jostle for space in this representation of an ideal Chinese city. The towering lion and eye-catching shade of red instantly drew our attention to the mural as we walked along the boulevard des États-Unis.

Location: rue Villon, boulevard des États-Unis

 

La Fresque de Shanghai. Lyon, France

La Fresque de Shanghai. Lyon, France

La Fresque de Shanghai. Lyon, France

La Fresque de Shanghai. Lyon, France

 

7. La Fresque Tour de Babel

Part of the series “Les Cites Idéales”, this work of art presents the myth of the Tower of Babel. Sit near the little fountain nearby, and take a break to ponder about the myth or to just cool your heels.

Location: place Mendès France

La Fresque Tour de Babel. Lyon, France

La Fresque Tour de Babel. Lyon, France

La Fresque Tour de Babel. Lyon, France

La Fresque Tour de Babel. Lyon, France

 

8. Le Mur de Résistance

This wall is a tribute to the French Resistance movement, in which Lyon played a key role.

Locating the Mur de Résistance turned out to be a challenge – we walked in the area for quite some time before we were able to find it.

Location: rue Jean-Pierre Lévy

 

Le Mur de Résistance. Lyon, France

Le Mur de Résistance. Lyon, France

 

Useful Links:

http://cite-creation.com/eng/murals-frescos-walls-lyon-france/

http://www.en.lyon-france.com/Discover-Lyon/Architecture-Monuments/The-Murals

 

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