Lyons is proud of its heritage and has 24 museums. The Textile Museum displaying the history of silk in the former Villeroi Palace (built in 1730). The Church of Our Lady of Fourviere affords the best view of the city. Not far away are the Roman excavations (temple, theater and remains of the trading center). In the heart of Lyons is the Cathedral of Saint John with an interesting astronomical clock from the 14th century. In the area of Merciere Saint Antoine is the Church of Saint Nizier, built on the remains of an early Christian Basilica.
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