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Murals Of Lyon

by Andrea on April 17, 2013

Wandering the streets of Lyon, the city’s incredible murals are difficult to miss. These huge, beautiful paintings adorn buildings and walls, capturing the essence of life in this vibrant city.

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The La Fresque des Lyonnais captures the images of all of Lyon’s most famous residents from ancient times to the present day.

The frescoes have been created by many different artists, including Cité Création, which is also responsible for murals in many other cities. Along with Berlin, Lyon is one of Europe’s most famous mural cities.

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Photo by John Spirov

It’s easy to see the murals with or without a guide. Turn a few corners and you’ll likely encounter one – Lyon has around 100! If you don’t want to leave it to chance, it’s possible to take a guided tour by bus or to use the new Lyon Tourism and Conventions iPhone app (look for “Murs Peints”).

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The Mur de Canuts (or “Silk Weavers’ Wall”) was the first to be painted in Lyon. This 1200 square metre painting tells the story of the Croix-Rousse district and is updated every decade.

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Our time in Lyon was hosted by Rhône-Alpes Tourisme and ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès. All opinions, however, are always our own.

 

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nicole | the wondernuts April 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Those murals are intense! That first photo, I was all: “wow, all those people sure love schmoozing on their balconies…” I love public art (that’s tasteful, although I kinda dig the LA River), it really brings vibrancy to a city.

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inspiringtravellers April 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hahaha – I know, wouldn’t it be great to live in a building like that if they were real? What a party!

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Sophie April 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Never seen anything like this, not even in Brussels. Love it! My fave Lyon inspiration of yours yet.

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inspiringtravellers April 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Does Brussels have a lot of street art? I have not been…

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Ali April 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Wow, these are really elaborate and so well done! Not what I normally expect from street art.

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inspiringtravellers April 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

My understanding is that these are commissioned, so I guess the standards are a little higher. The process of who decides what goes where and why must be so interesting…

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Jess @UsedYorkCity April 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ahh, the best form of street art! I love murals, they add such a unique flare to outdoor spaces in a city. Also love the realistic murals presented here…!

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inspiringtravellers April 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I agree! This is the first time I came across so many in one city…really livens things up!

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Ray @Stingytraveller April 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

You really captured some great murals throughout the city.

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Mary R April 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

You captured so many great images! I love to find murals when I travel. I especially like the one of the staircase. I actually thought that was a real staircase for a moment.

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inspiringtravellers April 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Me too – even face to face on the street these murals are so realistic!

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Krista April 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

Oh wow! Those murals are brilliant. :-) I would wander happily from mural to mural taking in all the details. Fantastic. :-)

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Mike Carlson April 21, 2013 at 4:06 am

The murals are all amazing. I was even deceived at first.

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Cam @ Traveling Canucks April 22, 2013 at 2:02 am

Cool photos! Lucerne Switzerland has similar murals on its buildings. Love the creativity

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inspiringtravellers April 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Oh cool – have not been to Lucerne but it’s on my list!

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Jennifer April 23, 2013 at 3:26 am

Great photos of the murals! Those are so interesting and I would love to see them!

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inspiringtravellers April 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

They really are – so detailed!

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica April 23, 2013 at 3:59 am

I have to admit these are better than the ones I just posted about in Columbus, Ohio :-)

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inspiringtravellers April 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Ah, will head over and check those out soon…cool!

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Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista April 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm

What a great way to enjoy art! This would be wonderful to experience.

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