The heart of the Lyon peninsula, and thus the entire city, is also the largest pedestrian square in Europe. Louis XIV is enthroned on his horse at the center of the six-hectare Place Bellecour, while the statue of Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince, erected in 2000, pay homage to the famous Lyon aviator and writer.
The square hosts numerous events all year round, including a giant Ferris wheel decorated for year-end festivities and the unforgettable spectacle of the Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières).
At the southern limit of the very chic Carré d’Or district, Place Bellecour is in the heart of Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement, on a peninsula renowned for its antique stores and luxury boutiques. Linking Bellecour with Place des Terreaux is Rue du Président Édouard-Herriot, home to the most prestigious brands in the city.
The square is also the starting point of Rue de la République, Rue Victor Hugo and Rue de Brest – other unmissable stops for your shopping sprees in Lyon.