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Saint John's Cathedral

Remarkable sites and monuments

Last updated date : 04/01/2023

The cathedral was built from 1180 to 1480 and is 79m long, 26m wide and 32m high (main arch). Its frontage dates from the start of the 14th c. The large rose window from 1392 by Jacques de Beaujeu has a diameter of 8m.

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The astronomical clock, built in 1598 by Nicolas Lippius, strikes at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The organ, bought in 1842 by cardinal de Bonald, consisted of 15 pipes and was situated at the back of the chancel. In 1936, it was extended to 50 pipes and placed in the south transept (national edifice).
The bell, cast in 1622, is one of the largest known to date, between 8 and 9 tonnes and 2.19 m wide. Named Anne-Marie de la Primatiale, this bell is only rung for solemn occasions (10 to 15 times a year, including on 8th September for the aldermen's vows).

Key dates for the cathedral:
1245: 1st Council of Lyon with Innocent IV
1271: the body of Saint-Louis who died in Tunis was placed here
1316: crowning of Pope John XXII
1562: damage by Calvinist troops
1600: marriage of Henry IV to Marie de Médicis
1805: Napoleon I and Joséphine were received by cardinal Fesch, the emperor's uncle.

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Practical information


place St Jean Cure : 8 place Saint-Jean - 69005 Lyon 5ème


Open all year from 8:15 am to 7 pm (Mon. to Fri. at 7::45 pm).
Opening 1 pm on Jan. 1st, Easter Mon., May 1st, May 8th, Pentecost Mon., July 14th and Nov. 11th.


  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs

Remarkable sites and monuments

Saint John's Cathedral

place St Jean Cure : 8 place Saint-Jean - 69005 Lyon 5ème

04 78 81 48 81

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