A place of splendid history, fascinating museums and exciting attractions, the landmark status of Lyon, France was famously recognized by UNESCO in 1998 as a World Heritage Site. The designation pays tribute to the rare collection of historic sites in Lyon. Home to Europe's largest intact Renaissance district, Lyon offers an exploration through thousands of years of history, from Roman theatre ruins of ancients times to Contemporary Art.
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1. Tete d'Or Park, or the Park de la Tete d'Or, is the largest central city park in all of France and a delightful place for a jog or family recreation. Designed by landscape architect Denis Bühler in 1856, the historic park features wide tree-lined paths, botanical gardens and a zoo. Remaining largely intact from its original layout, the Rose Garden added in 1961 represents the only major change to the famed Lyon Park.
2. The National Opera House is one of Lyon's grandest attractions. A stunning glass dome frames the 300-year old building, which sits on a picturesque spot along the Rhone River near City Hall. Home to the Opera House Orchestra and the Lyon Opera Ballet company, the inside of the 1,200 seat theatre is equally spectacular and offers some of the finest acoustics in the world.
3. The History of Lyon and the Puppets of the World Museum are both located in the same stately early-16th-century residence, the Hôtel de Gadagne. The History of Lyon museum features Lyonnais sculptures, pottery, paintings, engravings ceramics, and furniture. The Musee de la Marionette displays puppets by Laurent Mourguet and marionettes from from around the world.