Cemetery of Loyasse, Lyon, France

Loyasse Cemetry



Cemetery of Loyasse
41 Rue du Cardinal Gerlier, Lyon, France
Established 1812
30 acres
Burials: 30,000





“When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives on though they are gone.  As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.”
-Temenidae 734

Located on Fourviere Hill in the western part of Lyon, Cemetery of Loyasse is referred to by the locals as the “rich cemetery.”  It is filled with beautiful funerary art, chapels, mausoleums and sculpture.

Notre DameNot far to the east of the main gate is the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere.  It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary who the faithful believe saved Lyon from a cholera epidemic (1643) and repelled the invading Prussian forces that were advancing on the city (1870-1).  This Romanesque and Byzantine place of worship was designed by Pierre Bossan (buried here) and erected between 1873 and 1884.

Path from Notre Dame to Cemetery


A path leads from the main doors of the Basilica to the gate of Cemetery of Loyasse.  It is used for funeral processions during rites of burial.


Many famous Lyonnais are interred here including:

  • Pierre Bossan (1814-1888) – Architect of Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere
  • Emile Guimet (1836-1918) – Founder of the Asian Art Guimet Museum in Paris
  • Edward Herriot (1872-1957) – Radical Prime Minister of the Third Republic
  • Nizer Anthelme Philippe (1849-1905) – Occult Miracle Worker
  • Jean-Pierre Pleney (?-?) – Fountain Designer
  • Jean-Baptiste Willermoz (1730-1824) – Silk Manufacturer

Loyasse Mausoleum 0021 Stone 0024 3 Leaning Crosses 0028 artist 0022 Monument 0033 Copper angel





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