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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Emperor Trajan once tread the ground of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, now it's your turn. The basilica rests on top of the site of Trajan’s Roman forum; in fact, the French still refer to the site at Vieux-Forum (Old Forum). It wasn’t only Trajan who recognized the import of this location. Several French historical figures also made pilgrimages to the hill. Today, the basilica built on the site offers you a panoramic view of the city from its north tower. Private funds went to build this impressive structure in 1872 as a grand thank you to the Virgin Mary for saving Lyon from a cholera epidemic in 1823. With the Gothic detail of its edifice, the vaulted arches gracing the nave, and the colored light refracting from the stained glass, it may be one of the world’s grandest thank-you cards. Plan to see Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and other attractions that appeal to you using our Lyon vacation planner.
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  • Regardless of the confession, he must enter into this place at once soothing and filled with history. It is conquered by its beauty, its beautiful mosaics and the huge crypt. With a little luck, you can attend a concert and you'll be captivated by the acoustics of the place! Since I live in Lyon, I go there at least once a month and I take all my visitors. I will stay there for hours to contemplate the representations. And the highlight of the show: a view of Lyon where you can admire the Center seen "from the sky" and beyond. Believe me, believer or not, it rocks as ;)
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  • I have seen a lot of churches, kathedrals and baseliques in my life. But this one is breath taking beautiful. The details are magnificent, the maintainance is very well done. One can easily spent 2 ho...  more »
  • What nice tour, good information, a great monument, magnificent views, and a guide relevant and very friendly.
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  • One of the top destination for must visit in Lyon. The panoramic view of the city is spectacular. Don't forget to take your binoculars with you. The church is big and beautiful. The funicular is great when you don't want to climb up and is included in the public transport, so if you have a day pass for the Metro, you can use the same one to access the funicular.
  • This is THE place to visit if you have only 1 hour in Lyon! The architecture is amazing, let alone the beautiful interior. The Maria at the eastern top is shinning, the view of the city is breathtaking. What else? You may also want to take a look at the Notre Dame from Place Bellecour!
  • Absolutely it is a symbol of the city, it perched on top of the Fourvière hill, it looms impressively over the city of Lyon. Remember to go downstairs to explore the underground floor. good to see the big Love in Chinese once I got in. it worths watching and getting inside.
  • While exterior is somewhat plain the interior is very ornate and well worth the visit. As a bonus the views of the city are the best around.
  • You can walk or get the little trams up to a fantastic view of Lyon and the most beautiful church I've ever seen. Definitely worth seeing it if you're in the city of Lyon!

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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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