Lyon, France, view from Jardin des Plantes at sunset
Though the best view on Lyon is said to be the one you can admire from the top of Fourvière, near the famous Basililica of Fourvière, there are many other places in Lyon where you will get some incredible landscapes on the Capital City of the Gaules.
Croix-Rousse Hill, which is the second hill of Lyon, is one of them. In the maze of narrow in sinuous streets of the so-called Colline des Canuts, you will often find some tiny squares where life seems to have take a short pause. One of them is Jardin des Plantes, which is more a tiny park than a square, I admit.
Jardin des Plantes is located on les pentes de la Croix-Rousse. It small, actually, with green grass and and trees, sitting right next to the old Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, an amphitheater that is famous for having been the place where Blandine and other early-Christians were martyred in the second century of our era. There is not much left of the old glorious amphitheatre, and it’s actually surprising how little has been made to protect and restore a monument that has so much importance in the history of Lyon and early christianity (Blandine and her fellow christian companions, including the famous Saint-Pothin, constituted the first christian community of Gaules).
Above the theatre, you will find the perfect spot to take a picture of the magnificent view on Fourvière you can enjoy from Jardin des Plantes. If you’re a bit into photography, I suggest you to come with a 28mm lens at least (19mm for APS-C). A 35mm will do (I’ve used my 24mm APS-C for the shots I share in this article), but you will probably feel a bit tight with this focal length). At sunrise, the view is beautiful, especially because the first rays of light of the day make Fourvière shine in a golden light. At sunset, provided there are some clouds (but not to many), the view is simply gorgeous.
I look forward to coming back to Lyon to take other sunset pictures from this place.
Lyon, France, view from Jardin des Plantes at sunrise
Lyon, France, sunset on Fourvière
Lyon, France, Sunrise on Fourvière