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...ended 4-hour tour to visit the must-see Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and admire the views of the whole city. Your...
Explore Lyon at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule with a 1 or 2-day pass to the city’s open-top,...
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This 2-3 hour small group walking tour with a local english guide is one of the best ways to visit Lyon and learn a...
...floodlit Rhône River and ride up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière for sparkling city views. Break at a local e...
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière atop Fourvière Hill is votively dedicated to Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, for saving the city from several adversities – scurvy in 1638, the Black Death of bubonic plague that spread through Europe in 1643, cholera epidemic in 1832, and Prussian invasion in 1870.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière atop Fourvière Hill is votively dedicated to Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, for saving the city from several adversities – scurvy in 1638, the Black Death of bubonic plague that spread through Europe in 1643, cholera epidemic in 1832, and Prussian invasion in 1870. Take the F2 Funicular from Saint-Jean and explore the breathtaking basilica, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 'Historic Site of Lyons'.
Built in 1872-'84 on the site of the ancient Roman Forum of Trajan, it was designed by Pierre Bossan in typical 19th century eclectic style with Romanesque and Byzantine elements. It has four 48 metre high turreted towers at the corners, and is said to be reminiscent of an upside down elephant, with the towers resembling its legs. Its belltower is topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, while the apse is crowned by a statue of Archangel Michael. The exuberant Byzantine interiors are a grand amalgamation of marble, ornate mosaics, gilt work and stained glass. The church is divided into three naves, above which there are three cupolas depicting the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the apse at the heart of the Basilica is Paul-Émile Millefaut's statue of the Virgin Mary with Child Jesus in Carrara marble, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Surrounding the main altar are iconographic mosaics of the 11 Heresies. The 8 lateral chapels illustrate events from the Virgin Mary’s life, and the stained glass windows by Decôte depict Virgin Mary in Heaven. The lower church which is the crypt is dedicated to St Joseph. The Museum of Religious Art holds treasures donated to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere for its construction.
You can climb the 287 steps to the balcony of the basilica observatory for panoramic views of the area. Next to the basilica is the ancient Chapelle Saint-Thomas dedicated to the Virgin Mary and to St Thomas of Canterbury. The terrace around here also provides great views over Lyon.
8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France
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The Parc des Hauteurs is located along the hillside between the metallic tower of Fourvière and the Loyasse cemetery, and offers great views towards the Monts d'Or and Beaujolais
The 86 m tall Metallic Tower of Fourviere stands as a replica of the Eiffel Tower, completed in 1894
The traboules are a unique architectural feature of Lyon's historical buildings, largely influenced by Italy and especially Florence
The Gallo-Roman Museum showcases ancient Roman artifacts and remains from Lyon's historic past, including sculptures, art, coins, pottery, mosaics, and a plan-relief of Lugdunum (ancient Lyon)
This picturesque montée (sloping street on hillside) starts behind Vieux Lyon metro station and ends quite close to the Roman theatres of Fourvière
Rue du Boeuf runs parallel to the touristy Rue St Jean, but is much quieter and just as beautiful
The Miniature and Cinema Museum, housed in the 16th century Maison des Avocats (Legal Chamber), displays about 120 miniature models of various historical and contemporary scenesof houses, restaurants, workshops, schools, etc
Rue St Jean is the main thoroughfare of Vieux Lyon, part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lyon is known for its buildings with traboules, though some have very beautiful courtyards but no real traboules (crossing from one street to another)
Adjacent to the St Jean Cathedral (on the northern side), the archaeological garden exhibits the remnants of the religious buildings which occupied the site before the cathedral was erected