Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon

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. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and other Lyon attractions using our handy Lyon road trip site .
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  • The cathedral can be visited free of charge and its majesty strikes both from the lower part of the city and once you get to the top. You go up or walk from two different roads: one through which park/forest and the other, which I recommend, from a less demanding staircase. The entrance is free: outside the white of the facade and its height are the master, the interior has a peculiar eclectic style with mosaics and statues. From the forecourt you can see the whole city of Lyon. It is a fundamental step to enjoy this wonder!
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  • The most beautiful basilica ever seen! Floor-to-ceiling mosaics! From the stained glass windows and the esplanade a global view of Lyon. Descent through the nearby Roman theatre.
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  • Basilica located on the heights of the city of Lyon where you have great views. The interior is very beautiful. Right next to the basilica is the small Eiffel Tower in Lyon
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  • One of the interesting places in Lyon and one of the must see cathedrals. Located above the city and had a small square near by with a great panoramic view of Lyon. Cathedral is relatively new that can be said by view of exterior and of course by sign on the wall. Interior is very attractive and worth checking out. To get there you would need to take a funicular which costs couple of euros for one hour and I think one hour is enough to see cathedral inside and out plus check out panoramic view of the city. I would definitely recommend to visit this sight!
  • One of the interesting places in Lyon and one of the must see cathedrals. Located above the city and had a small square near by with a great panoramic view of Lyon. Cathedral is relatively new that can be said by view of exterior and of course by sign on the wall. Interior is very attractive and worth checking out. To get there you would need to take a funicular which costs couple of euros for one hour and I think one hour is enough to see cathedral inside and out plus check out panoramic view of the city. I would definitely recommend to visit this sight!
  • Beautiful place... Scenic beauty is so good. The architecture is brilliant. The funicular railway nearby is a lifetime experience. Very memorable. The place is a major tourist attraction and it doesn't disappoint either. Very elegant, exquisite and a marvellous place. Do visit it once for sure.
  • Nice for a quick visit if the cathedral and some restaurants close by. The place is very crowded and beware of pick pockets!! The locals tend to bring their own drinks and chill out (group of friends) by the hill while enjoying the view.
  • Really pretty de architecture and the art inside, also there is really a good view of Lyon. A must go, it's free and beautiful. Also throw the way up or while going down you can go throw the garden of roses, that also is pretty. :)
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