Lyon: A tale of four districts

The city of Lyon's neighbourhoods range from the historic, to the modern to the cultural. C&IT checks out four areas in the city.

Le quartier de la Presqu'ile: Bounded by South Franklin Street, the district of Ainay and its abbey includes Haberdasher Street, with buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th century. The street is now known for its many restaurants, while Rue de la Republique is the main shopping street of the city. 

Le quartier du Vieux Lyon: This district contains many famous sties, including La Maison Turqet, the oldest house in Lyon, dating back to 1524, La Maison Dugas and L'Hotel du Gouvernement. 

Le quartier des gratte-ciel: Often described as a modernist Utopia, this area consists of 1450 accommodation units and shops and makes for an interesting tour - the area was planned around social housing. 

Cite Internationale: Art is an integral part of this district, known as International City, and the area includes congress centres and hotels, including Palais des Congres & Amphiteatre, the Hilton hotel and Hotel de la Cite Concorde. 

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