Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon

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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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  • It's difficult to rate this as it's taste dependent. If you like kitsch, you'll love this. I don't. It's what you get when you have loads of money, no engineering constraints, and no taste (or... 
    It's difficult to rate this as it's taste dependent. If you like kitsch, you'll love this. I don't. It's what you get when you have loads of money, no engineering constraints, and no taste (or...  more »
  • This is a stunning church located above Lyon. It has some stunning architecture, both internally and externally, and compares favourably with the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you only visit one.....  more
    This is a stunning church located above Lyon. It has some stunning architecture, both internally and externally, and compares favourably with the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you only visit one.....  more »
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  • The church is located up the hill of Lyon city, the view is spectacular. You can see almost all the building in Lyon. Also the church and art are beautiful both in and out. It is not crowded by the time I visited. It is easy to get here by train. Recommended to come as it must be the bucket-list for Lyon city!
  • Our Lady of Fourvière is an imposing church on the top of the hill with panoramic views of almost the entire city of Lyon. Inside, the rich decoration gives a grandeur to the temple that fixes you. I believe it is the most important attraction of the city without this meaning that this beautiful city does not have many hidden beauties for the traveler. Also for the climb to the hill I highly recommend the picturesque wagon with the cog railway.

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