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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.


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

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

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

8 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

They really are – so detailed!

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

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

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