Recommended Reviews for Place Bellecour
2 reviews in English
Review from Angela M.
Place Bellecour is a great meeting place. You'd be surprised how easy it is to find friends while looking across the dirt square. It also affords some great views of the city. It's a great starting point for the city, since it's the zero point from which all distances are measure, the tourist office is there, the post office is there, and the largest metro station is there.
While there, admire the lions, the statue of Louis XIV, where he doesn't have stirrups (which, IIRC caused the sculptor to commit suicide upon realizing his error), and trek to the southwest corner to see the statue of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with the likeness of his beloved character, Le Petit Prince.
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This huge square in central Lyon is strangely empty. In the middle is a statue of Louis XIV, around the edges are main roads, the metro station is in a corner, and along one side are the Tourist Information and some cafes and flower shops. If that sounds like a lot, don't be fooled: vast expanses of bare gravel remain, like some huge parade ground. There are no flower beds, groups of seating, or other features, so unless you go to a cafe this does not feel like a place to linger: most of the people in it are on their way to somewhere else.
However, it's a useful place to be aware of. The tourist information is a great source of leaflets, maps, books and tours. 'Le Grand Tour' open-top buses leave from a stop close by. Surrounding shops offer charming homewares, gifts and chocolates, and there are plenty of cafes. Nonetheless, it has little of the beauty which characterises other nearby squares.