La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon

Emperor Trajan once tread the ground of the La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, 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 La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière and other Lyon attractions using our handy Lyon road trip site .
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  • Located at the top of the Hill of Fourvière the notice from all over the city. It is within walking distance (a nice very steep!!) or by cable car from Vieux Lyon. It was built in the second half of 1800 with private funds and is a mixture of Romanesque and Byzantine, four corner towers and a Bell Tower topped with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. Bright Interior, rich in mosaics, stained glass, marble; In contrast to the gloomy crypt of Saint Jean, almost as big as the basilica. Unfortunately being rainy day we could enjoy only in the view for Lyon from the terrace of the Cathedral, but were still visible, inter alia, the Cathedral of Saint Jean and Place Bellecour. Admission is free. Next you will see a miniature Eiffel Tower which now serves as the antenna radiotv.
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  • Stunningly beautiful and powerfully. Mesmerizing, takes on a while from the bustle and already there is no hurry and most importantly not opazdyvaesh ...
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  • Very beautiful Basilica inside and outside, typical and majestic, clean and maintained, visit very nice time with your family. Places full of history. Getting there feet is already a sacred walk in old Lyon, but also with its steep slopes. The Basilica overlooking the city of Lyon (nice view). Possibility to go by local bus or train rack. Visit not to be missed when you are in the corner. It is a sacred building.
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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.
  • Magnificent cathedral to visit, it's a must see if you are in Lyon! Very easy access with rail running up and down from metro D Vieux Lyon station. Shouldn't miss the panorama to look down the whole city!
  • Highly recommended. Prefer walking to the top. Wonderful way up to the top. Must visit in The beautiful city of Lyon.
  • One word: impressive. The upper deck and lower deck of the church is really breathtaking. The amount of detail of the architecture is jaw dropping. Don't miss the 7 capital sins depictions in the lower chamber!
  • Very large mosaics on the walls. Light and airy inside. Stunning architecture.

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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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