Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon

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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon

Lyon Cathedral ( Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Lyon, France, the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.

It was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, the first two bishops of Lyon. The cathedral is also known as a "Primatiale" because in 1079 the Pope granted to the archbishop of Lyon the title of Primate of All the Gauls with the legal supremacy over the principal archbishops of the kingdom.

Begun in the twelfth century on the ruins of a 6th century church, it was completed in 1476. The building is 80 metres long (internally), 20 metres wide at the choir, and 32.5 metres high in the nave. The cathedral organ was built by Daublaine and Callinet and was installed in 1841 at the end of the apse and had 15 stops. It was rebuilt in 1875 by Merklin-Schütze and given 30 stops, three keyboards of 54 notes and pedals for 27. Noteworthy are the two crosses to right and left of the altar, preserved since the council of 1274 as a symbol of the union of the churches, and the Bourbon chapel, built by the Cardinal de Bourbon and his brother Pierre de Bourbon, son-in-law of Louis XI, a masterpiece of 15th century sculpture. The cathedral also has an astronomical clock from the 14th century. Until the construction of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, it was the pre-eminent church in Lyon.

Organists In Residence

  • Edouard Commette - most of the first half of the 20th century.


  • Cardinal Foulon
  • Cardinal Gerlier


  • Association Cathédrale de Lyon Primatiale Saint John n.d.

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