5/43.- Lyon, Cathedral Saint-Jean


This is the same church we saw on page number 2, remember? This church sits in the Saint Jean quarter, where a church dedicated to this Saint was built in the 4th century. Saint Jean district with Saint Georges' and Saint Paul's districts form the quarter known as 'Vieux Lyon', one of the jewels of Lyon.

In 1420, after the seizure of Lyon by the French monarchy, Lyon became a trading center thanks to the set up of free tax markets. For more than a century foreign bankers settled in the city, among them many Tuscan and Genoese. One of the offsprings of the most famous Florence dynasty, Marie de Medici, would meet here her future husband, Henri IV. They married in Saint-Jean Cathedral in 1600.

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