Fourviere Hill is the site of a Roman settlement from 43 BC. You’ll see the ruins of a theater, baths, and even an Odeon that was once part of a thriving community on the south side of the hill. The Odeon is the site of a museum and often hosts concerts and performances. However, the hill is most known primarily as the origin of the Festival of Lights, which takes place in Lyon every year, as well as the Basilica of Fourviere and the two oldest functioning funicular lines. Most spectacular of all is La Tour Metallique, an extravagant metal tower, which exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower, and nowadays is used as a television tower. Wander around the hill’s highest point for views of the city, mainly an enchanting view of Vieux Lyon (Old Town) directly below. To visit Fourviere Hill and other attractions in Lyon, use our Lyon visit app .
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  • We walked across to the Fourviere Hill from the St. just funicular stop. An interesting walk, via the Roman theatres and the (very good) Roman Museum. Fourviere itself has fine views over Lyon, and th...  more »
  • I've been on a funicular to the Roman village, then still a little up to the Basilica. Just below the Basilica, you have a kind of garden that descends through old LYON, it's really beautiful: you walk on this road of green coming down with Lyon views breathtaking, you have a serene feeling of being in the top of the world which, while small, still fussing. Historically, this is the way that used the Christians sentenced to death under the Roman empire to be taken until the Roman circus to be eaten by the LYON. A journey filled with history and very friendly. For the more motivated this path is also taken from below ;). The end of the course landed you in full in the District of old Lyon with all these small bars or glaciers to reward efforts!
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  • You can ride by funicular and down gardens, arrive at the District of old Lyon. Beautiful belvedere of Fourvière on 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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