Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and other Lyon attractions using our handy Lyon road trip site.
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  • Perched high on a hill overlooking Lyon this church is absolutely breathtaking inside and out. A beautiful cathedral with oodles of spiritual energy. And an absolutely fantastic view of the city...  more »
  • We took the Funicular up to Fourviere and took a tour of the bell tower. Tour was in French, it's well worth the climb up 300+ steps for the view. Was surprised how far we got to climb, up onto the.....  more »
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  • One of the interesting places in Lyon and one of the must see cathedrals. Located above the city and had a small square near by with a great panoramic view of Lyon. Cathedral is relatively new that can be said by view of exterior and of course by sign on the wall. Interior is very attractive and worth checking out. To get there you would need to take a funicular which costs couple of euros for one hour and I think one hour is enough to see cathedral inside and out plus check out panoramic view of the city. I would definitely recommend to visit this sight!
  • One of the interesting places in Lyon and one of the must see cathedrals. Located above the city and had a small square near by with a great panoramic view of Lyon. Cathedral is relatively new that can be said by view of exterior and of course by sign on the wall. Interior is very attractive and worth checking out. To get there you would need to take a funicular which costs couple of euros for one hour and I think one hour is enough to see cathedral inside and out plus check out panoramic view of the city. I would definitely recommend to visit this sight!

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