A journey through Lyon's wall paintings

Lyon is the third largest city in France and also the gastronomic capital as well as the central city of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. When traveling to Lyon, tourists can not only enjoy beautiful scenery, taste delicious food and wine, visit museums and squares, but also should not miss the numerous murals in Lyon. These murals depict historical figures, futuristic city fantasies, novel plots, and the nuances of Lyon's daily life. These murals are a beautiful reflection of art, life, history, and culture, and are definitely worth appreciating carefully.

Lyon residents mural.

Located on the west side of the peninsula between the Rhône and Saône Rivers in Lyon, near the Saint Vincent Bridge, the Fresque des Lyonnais is one of the city's most famous murals. This enormous mural is seven stories high and particularly unique among Lyon's murals. It depicts famous figures from Lyon, such as the puppet Guignol, the inventor of the Jacquard loom Joseph-Marie Jacquard, and the Little Prince with blond hair. The most captivating aspect is the bottom layer of the mural, which portrays six ordinary citizens, showcasing the everyday lives of the people of Lyon. One can stand on the opposite side and admire this artwork, imagining themselves immersed in the mural and becoming a protagonist in the story.

Textile Worker Wall

Located in the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon, Le Mur des Canuts is a highly realistic mural depicting textile workers. The staircase part of the mural vividly portrays the perspective and highlights the difference in height. Covering an area of nearly 1,200 square meters, it is one of the largest murals in Europe and appropriately pays tribute to the countless textile workers who once toiled in the area. Though the Croix-Rousse district has changed over the years, many still come here to explore the historical traces of the textile industry.

Station serial wall murals

La Fresque du Centenaire is a set of 24 mural paintings located on the supporting wall under the railway bridge along Berthelot Avenue, near Jean-Macé station. In French, Centenaire means "centenary," and the murals depict a story from the left bank of the Rhône River, hence also known as "the murals of the left bank of the Rhône River." This destination is located near the famous Lyon Lumière mural and can be easily reached by getting off at Jean-Macé station.

Tony Garnier Museum

The Musée Urbain Tony Garnier located in Lyon is a very unique museum. It is not indoors, but an outdoor museum. The museum displays several large murals on the exterior walls of several residential buildings, showcasing Tony Garnier's utopian design ideas. These murals are enormous and it is hard to imagine they can be displayed in a city. These murals reveal Tony Garnier's design philosophy of developing a humanistic city. Therefore, this museum is a must-visit for all architects, designers, and urban planners, and is especially recommended for those interested in utopian ideas.