The City of Lyon is situated by the Rhône and Saône Rivers in the south-eastern part of central France. With a population of around half a million, Lyon is the third largest city in France and one of the country’s most dynamic and innovative. Lyon is known worldwide as the capital of French gastronomy, the former silk capital of the world, the birthplace of the cinema. In recent years the city has increasingly been drawing attention for its creative ventures in the world of media arts, including the annual Festival of Light spectacle as well as for its new architecture.
From early Roman times up until today, the urban fabric of Lyon has developed successively eastward, leaving preceding settlements intact rather than rebuilding on the same site. The legacy of this remarkable continuity over many centuries have earned the historic sites and architectural monuments of Lyon a place on the World Heritage list, as outstanding examples of traditional human settlements.
Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts
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