Located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône, Lyon is one of the largest cities in France. Founded by the Romans, it was initially known as Lungdunum and then became an important commercial and economic center. Nowadays, the area is famous for its weaving workshops. Lyon is a city dating from the Middle Ages and famous for its culinary delights as well.
Built mostly in the Renaissance spirit, Lyon displays a lot of palaces and cathedrals that are regarded as real architectural jewels. There are many factors specific to this city. Besides the famous painted walls dating from no less than 200 years ago, it is also known as the city of gardens, because of the splendid natural landscapes.
Lyon is known mainly as a green city, a city where some 20,000 trees lining up along the streets and parks. Grassy lawns, lots of flowers, larger parks stretch for miles from the hill from the soldiers. Residents like greenery and always want to refresh them. That’s why they launched the program called “nature in Lyon,” based on enriching the city with new trees and plants, or some plants used centuries ago and forgotten about most of the people from all over the world. It also aimed to remove sick or too old trees and replace them with young and vigorous species.
The project aimed to beautify all city parks. Among the wonders of green there are some of them that citizens of Lyon should really be proud about. Some of the huge gardens are suspended above the center of the town with the same name, while the terraces offer a splendid view of the city.
Chartreux Gardens, which apparently were created by brothers Bülher, in 1855, look like a flowing waterfall of flowers in terraces on the hill that borders the Saône tying him Croix-Rousse plateau. From there, the panoramic gaze of Saône can be depicted. The park is also known as “head of gold” and is named after a legend that says that here was found a treasure, as well as a lot of gold.
There are over 3,500 plants exhibited at the local botanic garden on an area of about nine hectares or 5,000 square meters. Moreover, the zoo hosts 250 mammals, 400 birds and 80 reptiles. Among those mentioned there are wonderful parks featuring churches and museums and a prominent place surrounding them, which is occupied by the Garden of Saint-Pierre Museum and the Museum of Art.