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Colline de Fourviere, Lyon

#3 of 480 in Historic Sites in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
Colline de Fourviere 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 Colline de Fourviere and other attractions in Lyon, use our Lyon visit app.
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  • This is the best place to come to get an overview of the topography of the city, and there are several attractions to take in as well. It is a bit of a pull for anyone with restricted mobility but.....  more »
  • This is a must do when visiting the Basilica. It has really great views over the city. Nice to take a slow stroll up and down the hill on a day with great weather. Highly recommended.  more »

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