We pass Sanctuaire Saint Bonaventure on our morning runs to the park. It sits starkly positioned next to a shiny glass building. The church is large but feels hemmed in by modern buildings on either side.
The Sanctuaire often has two or more people sitting outside its doorways begging for money; they sit close to the door waiting for people to visit the church. This style of begging sits uncomfortably with me but appears common in Lyon.
The inside of Sanctuaire Saint Bonaventure is dark but impressive. The beautiful bright stained glass windows are a treat. They provide vivid colour where none is expected.
I curtailed my visit to the church after discovering my boots squeaked with each step. In an otherwise quiet space, I felt conspicuous and distracting for those looking for peace.