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Lyon: 20 years as a UNESCO world heritage site

The Heritage Meetings, launched in 2016 by the city of Lyon, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Lyon becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Thursday 22 March.

Lyon: 20 years as a UNESCO world heritage site

“20 years as a UNESCO site, the age of possibility” was the theme of this edition, which brought together 250 local actors and experts in heritage. Throughout the day workshops and round tables were held in the rooms of Lyon’s Hôtel de Ville or City Hall; an opportunity to evaluate the past 20 years and talk about the possibilities for the 20 years to come.

The meetings presented projects competing for the award “Citoyens du patrimoine 2018” (or “Citizens of heritage 2018”). It was also the perfect opportunity to inaugurate the renovated Bartholdi fountain in Place des Terreaux, an emblematic site for the city. 

Find out more about the programme of meetings celebrating 20 years as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Lyon, a historic city

162 buildings are today classed as Historic Monuments in the 4 historic sites of the city (Vieux-Lyon, or the old city, the two hills, Fourvière and the Croix-Rousse, and the Presqu’Îledistrict). For two millennia, Lyon has preserved its history and cultural traditions thanks to the architectural wealth of its buildings.  It was this wealth that made Lyon a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 Passerelle Vieux Lyon - Marie Perrin

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