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Lyon and the Alps Sights

Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

  • 8 pl. de Fourvière Map It
  • Fourvière
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 04/15/2014

Fodor's Review

The rather pompous late-19th-century basilica, at the top of the ficelle (funicular railway), is—for better or worse—the symbol of Lyon. Its mock-Byzantine architecture and hilltop site make it a close relative of Paris's Sacré-Coeur. Both were built to underline the might of the Roman Catholic Church after the Prussian defeat of France in 1870 gave rise to the birth of the anticlerical Third Republic. The excessive gilt, marble, and mosaics in the interior

underscore the Church's wealth, although they masked its lack of political clout at that time. One of the few places in Lyon where you can't see the basilica is the adjacent terrace, whose panorama reveals the city—with the cathedral of St-Jean in the foreground and the glass towers of the reconstructed Part-Dieu business complex glistening behind. For a more sweeping view still, climb the 287 steps to the basilica observatory.

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Sight Information

Address:

8 pl. de Fourvière, Lyon, 69005, France

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Phone:

/04–78–25–13–01

Sight Details:

  • Observatory €6
  • Basilica daily 9–noon and 2:30–6. Observatory Easter–Oct., daily 10–12:30 and 2–6; Nov.–Easter, weekends 2–6.

Updated 04/15/2014

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May 6, 2005

awesome view... don't miss it

The most awsome view of a spectacular city of old and new. The church itself is only a sideline. Walk down the hill through the Roman ruin, you will cherish the experience.

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