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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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  • What a spectacular Basilica. The view is amazing and there's a panoramic view of the city from this high vantage point.  more »
  • Really nice church but long climb to get to and not a whole lot more than a pretty church which is most of France :)  more »
  • Located on top of Lyon, it's a place to be in for people searching for inner peace. Its not the biggest or the most colorful or the most decorated. I simply liked it as a whole, as a place to sit down...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Amazing ! One the best place in Lyon no matter the season it's beautiful. If you do everything by walking from below, this is a great walk. We recommend to do it :D
  • A beautiful church situated at an amazing location. Its one of the most important churches of Lyon. It also has a breathtaking view of the entire city with Rhone and Saone rivers passing though it. People can enjoy the uphill hike from the bottom of the hill through the Rosaries Gardens. Its serene but quite touristy.
  • Cool but spooky because of how dark it is. The mosaics inside were beautiful. Take the funicular up (the stairs are punishment).