Lyon is not short of fine squares, and this is one of the better known. Situated towards the north of the Presque'ile, it is level with bridges across the two rivers on each side, and a stone's throw from the Opera House. The main buildings flanking it are the Museum of Fine Arts and the magnificent Town Hall, but many restaurants and bars also add to its charm.It is graced by one of Lyon's finest public statues----- a fountain whose waters emerge from the mouths of 4 gigantic horses. It is bustling and colorful at night, and it is useful to remember that it is close to the Metro, has one of Lyon's rare taxi ranks that are so often empty anyway, and also offers reasonably priced underground parking. Other imposing squares not to miss are Bellecour, much the largest ( containing the Tourist Office, the main Post Office nearby, a majestic statue of Louis XiV, and---- easily missed in one corner---- a charming statue of the great writer/aviator Antoine de St Exupery with his most famous creation --- the Little Prince --- perched on one shoulder; Place de la Republique whose centre contains a large intriguing horizontal fountain that may have been the model for the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park; Place des Jacobins, more round than square and dominated by a magnificent white marble fountain; and Place des Cordeliers.
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