Lyon and the Alps

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  • 1. Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

    Fourvière | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

  • 2. Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay

    Presqu'île | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This fortified church dates back to a 10th-century Benedictine abbey and a 9th-century sanctuary before that. The millenary energy field is...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Despite its 12th-century exterior, the 19th-century interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is somewhat bland. But don't miss the adjoining bishop...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale Saint-Vincent

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1119 on the Rocher de Chateauviex and adjacent to the 11th-century Tour Saint-Michel, this elegant cathedral is a mix of medieval Romanesque...Read More

  • 5. Cathédrale St-Jean

    Vieux Lyon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Solid and determined—having withstood the sieges of time, revolution, and war—the cathedral's stumpy facade is stuck almost bashfully onto the...Read More

  • 6. Chapelle Saint-Ostian

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A scenic mile-and-a-half walk from town takes you to this tiny rural chapel, set among shady trees and vineyards, built in honor of the 6th...Read More

  • 7. Église de Brou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A marvel of the Flamboyant Gothic style, the Église de Brou is no longer in religious use. The church was built between 1513 and 1532 by Margaret...Read More

  • 8. Église Saint-Paul

    Vieux Lyon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 12th-century church of St-Paul is noted for its octagonal lantern, its frieze of animal heads in the chancel, and its late-period Flamboyant...Read More

  • 9. Musée Archéologique St-Laurent

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The church of St-Laurent, near the Musée Dauphinois, has a hauntingly ancient 6th-century crypt—one of the country's oldest Christian monuments...Read More

  • 10. St-André-le-Bas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Rue des Orfèvres (off Rue de la Charité) is lined with Renaissance facades and distinguished by the church of St-André-le-Bas, once part of...Read More

  • 11. St-Maurice

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although religious wars deprived the cathedral of St-Maurice of many of its statues, much of the original decoration is intact; the portals...Read More

  • 12. St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Beside the Rhône is the church of St-Pierre—note the rectangular 12th-century Romanesque bell tower with its arcaded tiers. The lower church...Read More

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