Fourviere Hill, Lyon

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#3 of 205 in Historic Sites in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
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 on your holiday in Lyon, and find out what else Lyon has to offer, use our Lyon trip builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    From the downstairs area can be a set of stairs and paths, together approximately 300 steps, at the Basilica. It is a nice climb and at the Basilica you have a wonderful view of what it definitely worthwhile. For people with limited mobility is there to be coming by underground or by bus.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Since the old Lyon, on foot, by cable car or more classically drive, this location right next to the Basilica of Fourvière, offers a magnificent view on the all Lyon
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  • August 16, 2017
    It is one of the districts of Lyon to discover. We can be brave and curious and to walk from old Lyon. Ambulation you will pass through Roman sites of ancient Lugdunum with the ancient theatre in the background (excellent concerts take place in these sites during the "nights of Fourvière"). While remaining "typical", you can also save a few steps (of many not) using the "ficelle", in other words, the funicular! This ballad is also worth a visit. At the top of the Hill, the Basilica as the panorama breathless you! The view of Lyon is... impressive. We see all over the city, rivers, and its surroundings, and depending on the day, the Mont Blanc! Behind the Basilica square, you can also find the Fourvière heights Park, for a breath of air, a peak picnic, ride sports or even, a downhill mountain bike to the track e the Sarra: the track of Ski of Lyon, which descends the Hill of Fourvière. It turned out to be a very complete place. Oh and I forgot... view you are in Lyon, of course, it's a neighborhood where you'll find excellent restaurants, from the simplest with local food to the gourmet. Avoid the place, to avoid the touristy places... wandering the aisles and alleys around the Basilica.
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