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Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the Rhône département in France. Lyon is mostly known as an economic centre with many corporate headquarters and bustling financial, IT and natural science industries, but it is also rich in historic and architectural heritage, and has a very vivid cultural life. It is also considered the gastronomic epicentre of France.

The Old Lyon, a narrow strip along the right bank of the Saône, is the largest Renaissance area in Europe. Its current organization, with narrow streets mainly parallel to the river, dates back to the Middle Ages. The buildings were erected between the 15th and the 17th centuries, notably by wealthy Italian, Flemish and German merchants who settled in Lyon where four fairs were held each year. At that time, the buildings of Lyon were said to be the highest in Europe.

Fourvière was the original location of the Roman Lugdunum. In the 19th century, it became the religious centre of the city, with the basilica and the Archbishop's offices. The Fourvière basilica was built in 1872 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon. This massive church made of white marble has been compared to an elephant with its feet up. It is a typical example of the 19th century "eclectic" style, with architectural elements recalling antique, classical and Gothic eras.

Croix-Rousse is known as the "working hill" but for centuries, it had been as much of a "praying hill" as Fourvière. On the slopes was the Roman Federal Sanctuary of the Three Gauls, which comprised the amphitheatre and an altar. Croix-Rousse is known as the main silk production area, but the industry did not exist on the hill until the early 19th century and the introduction of new weaving technology.

For the people of Lyon, Presqu'île is the place to go for shopping, dining or clubbing. It also represents a large part of the city's economic activity. Most of the action on Presqu'île actually takes place between Terreaux and Bellecour.

The traditional restaurants in Lyon are called bouchons which means "cork". They serve the typical local dishes such as salade lyonnaise (Lyon salad) which is a green salad with bacon cubes, croutons and a poached egg. Another local favourite is saucisson chaud, a hot, boiled sausage which can be cooked with red wine (saucisson beaujolais) or in a bun (saucisson brioché).

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