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Vienne

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Vienne is a small city in the department of Isère in the region Rhône-Alpes. Vienne is 20 miles (32 km) south of Lyon, on the Rhône River.

Understand[edit]

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has classified Vienne as a city of art and history (ville d'art et d'histoire).

Get in[edit]

By rail, there are several trains daily between Vienne and the Lyon railway stations: Part-Dieu and Perrache. The railway station in Vienne is within walking distance of most of the sites of interest.

Get around[edit]

The medieval castle Château de La Bâtie overlooking the town.

Because of the small size of the city, walking is the best way to get around.

See[edit]

Temple d'Auguste et de Livie
Théâtre Antique de Vienne
Cathédrale Saint-Maurice
Hôtel de ville (city hall)

Museums[edit]

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie
  • Musée archéologique Saint-Pierre
  • Musée du cloître de Saint-André-le-Bas
  • Musée de la Draperie: Textile museum

Sites from antiquity[edit]

  • Temple d'Auguste et de Livie: A well-preserved Roman temple.
  • Jardin de Cybèle: Archeological garden including terrasses, arcades of a forum and remains of other old structures.
  • Théâtre antique de Vienne: Ancient Roman theatre seating 13,000 personnes.
  • Pyramide: obelisk from a Roman arena.
  • Musée gallo-romain et site archéologique de Vienne: In Saint-Romain-en-Gal across the river.
  • Roman aqueduct.

Sites from the middle ages[edit]

  • Cathédrale Saint-Maurice. Started in the 12th century and finished at the beginning of the 16th century.
  • Abbaye Saint-Pierre. 5th century; today the musée archéologique Saint-Pierre.
  • 1 Château de La Bâtie on Mount Salomon. built in 1225 and ceased being used in 1633.
  • Saint-André-le-Bas de Vienne. Abbey, church and cloister (cloître) (6th century)
  • Abbey of Saint-André-le-Haut de Vienne. 6th century monastery

The old town[edit]

Walk the narrow store-lined streets in the old town (la vielle ville):

  • Rue Boson. If you are lucky, bakery staff will leave the delivery door open onto this street so you can peer into the kitchen of a boulangerie/patisserie.
  • Rue de Bourgogne: The French Communist Party (Parti communiste francais) has a store-front office on this street.
  • Rue des Clercs: narrow street for pedestrians only
  • Place du Palais Charles de Gaulle with the Roman Temple d'Auguste et de Livie.
  • Rue Marchande: narrow shopping street for pedestrians only

There are other similar streets in the area.

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The annual jazz festival in July takes place in the Roman théâtre antique in Vienne.

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