Here we see a small square cityscape from the UNESCO listed old town of Lyon – the Vieux Lyon. The square Neuve Saint-Jean is a part of the Saint Jean area of the old town, named after the cathedral Saint-Jean – which itself is named after the holy John the Baptist.
In earlier times the small stretch between the Rue Saint-Jean (right) and the Rue du Boeuf (left) was known as Rue Cholet, however in the early 17th century the small street was widened and became a small square. This is its northern side and features a little lion fountain. At the corner of the “Le Palais Saint Jean” one can find a Saint Jean statue placed inside a niche. The whole square is occupied by restaurants with lots of open air seating nowadays. So a little bit later in the day a free view like this becomes impossible.