croix rousse mural lyon

Murals Of Lyon

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.

La Fresque des Lyonnais

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.

mural in croix-rousse lyon

small murals Lyon

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").

mur de canuts lyon

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.

lyon mural with plantsFor a museum of murals, head out to the Tony Garnier Urban Museum, which is an open-air museum dedicated to this iconic architect that will help you learn more about the city of Lyon as well. More on this in our next post.

lyon mural building

bottom mural lyon

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




  1. Mary R 19 April, 2013 at 13:21 Reply

    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.

    • inspiringtravellers 19 April, 2013 at 15:16

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

    • inspiringtravellers 19 April, 2013 at 15:16

      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…

  2. nicole | the wondernuts 17 April, 2013 at 16:11 Reply

    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.

    • inspiringtravellers 19 April, 2013 at 15:13

      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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