- People who live in Lyon are referred to as “Lyonnais”
- Lyon is the second largest city next to Paris. Approximately 1.7 million people inhabit the metropolitan area.
- Lyon is a popular student attraction. The city is visited by about 120,000 students each year.
- Lyon was founded by the Romans--evidence of Roman presence can still be seen throughout the city. We will be visiting the Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain which was a bloody gathering place during the time of the Roman empire.
- For centuries, Lyon was the silk capital. Silk weavers used hidden passageways called the traboules and the croix rousse which can still be visited.
- In 1829, the Sisters of St. Joseph formed a centralized congregation in Lyon.
- Lyon is honored as the birthplace of film. In 1895 the Lumiere brothers created the first cinematograph picture cameras.
- Lyon is respected for their cuisine. Evidence of this is their 14 Michelin Star restaurants.
- World renowned chef Paul Bocuse was based in Lyon.
- La Place Bellecour, which we will be visiting, is one of the largest squares in all of Europe.
- Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, is a popular place of pilgrimage, reaching about 2 million visitors annually.
- The Virgin Mary is credited to having saved the city from plagues and war a number of times. As a way of thanking the Virgin Mary, the city has the “festival of lights” every December 8th.
Get to Know Lyon
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Hello everyone! I’m so happy you’re here. My name is Tatiana Belanich and I’m the writer for the Le Puy Pilgrimage blog. I’m a junior at St. Joseph’s College Long Island campus and a double major in Journalism and Religious Studies. I am also an intern with ACSSJ and will be participating in the pilgrimage this June. I hope my articles will be fun and informative, but most importantly a reminder of the mission of this trip. St. Augustine once said, "The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page." There is so much beauty to be explored and so much goodness to be experienced if only we would step out of our comfort zone. I hope you will follow us on our journey as we take these steps to respond to the stirrings of our hearts and attempt to read the many chapters the world has to offer.