Loyasse Cemetery – Lyon, France - Atlas Obscura

Loyasse Cemetery

The first modern cemetery of Lyon is complete with more than 200 chapels and monuments.  

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The Loyasse is one of the most prestigious and historic cemeteries in the region. Inside are thousands of tombs and graves that date back to the early 19th century. Several historical figures of note are buried in the cemetery including, architect Pierre Bossan and aviator Ferdinand Ferber.

Around the cemetery are beautiful vaults complete with statues and intricately stained glasses. The cemetery is also believed to be the location where Lyon physician, Jean Lacassagne gave a speech on the hygiene involved with burying the dead. In the past, a special tramway was constructed to bring coffins from the foot of the hill to the cemetery. However today all that remains are the old rails on the floor outside the entrance. 

Know Before You Go

Please be respectful when inside, it's a calm and quiet place filled with history. You will need to walk a bit from la Ficelle to reach the cemetery.