Lyon, France is well-known for its Festival of Lights, Cathedral of St. John, City Hall of the Place des Terreaux and the ancient theater of Fourvière. Lyon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historically important areas, including the Roman district and Fourvière, the Silk district, Renaissance district and the Presqu'île.Know More
The Festival of Lights in Lyon, known locally as the Fête des Lumières, occurs every year on Dec. 8 to commemorate the completion of a Virgin Mary statue. The statue was built in honor of a legend claiming that the Virgin Mary saved Lyon from a plague. Fourvière Hill contains the remains of an ancient Roman settlement, which contains the ruins of Fourvière Basilica's ancient theater. The town is also the home of the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, another ancient Roman ruin. The Cathedral of St. John, built during the Middle Ages, is known for its medieval architectural elements as the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.
Lyon is also known for its many famous historical residents, including the Roman emperors Claudius and Caracalla, poet Louise Labé, scientist André-Marie Ampère and chef Paul Bocuse. Lyon is home to the headquarters of Interpol and Euronews. It is also famous for its resistance to German occupation during World War II.Learn More
Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with ending the French Revolution and, with the establishment of a stable government, bringing security and equality to France. He introduced a system of meritocracy to replace the older system that privileged inheritance and status.Full Answer >
As a constitutional monarch whose powers were quite limited, Queen Victoria was able to use her influence in colonization and to occasionally effect positive change, particularly for the poor. Queen Victoria herself was known as a conservative monarch whose 64-year reign was the longest in the history of the United Kingdom.Full Answer >
The Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannic were owned by the White Star Line. This company began in 1845 under the direction of John Pilkington and Henry Wilson and continued until 1934, when it merged with a rival shipping company.Full Answer >
The San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh) Pueblo Indian, Po'pay (or Popé), led the Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish in 1680 in order to drive them away, following his persecution for "sorcery" in 1675. For many years, agents of the Spanish occupation had sought to control every aspect of the Pueblos' lives, threatening dissenters with torture and death.Full Answer >