Basilique Notre-Dame de...
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere. 'A gaudy mock-Byzantine creation - a riot of turrets and crenelations, marble and mosaic - was built in the late 19th centurey and has become one of the symbols of Lyon (See travelogue for details). - DK EyeWitness'
We took the metro. Trains are super frequent and the machine to buy your ticket was easy to use. I believe it was 4.50 for an all day pass and that is good for all the modes of public transportation. You HAVE to have change though, no paper money.
À quelques pas, la célèbre basilique de Fourvière surplombe la ville de Lyon avec une vue panoramique. D'une allure austère à l'extérieur, elle est richement décorée à l'intérieur. De là, le sentier du rosaire de 1400 m, permet aux promeneurs de revenir dans le Vieux Lyon ou inversement. L'ascension peut aussi se faire par le funiculaire qui joint la gare basse du quartier Saint Jean à la basilique.
Various addresses in Old Lyon
La Cathédrale Saint-Jean is at 70, rue Saint-Jean, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon
Le Musée des Miniatures et Décors de Cinéma (Miniatures and Cinema Decors Museum) is in the Maison des Avocats, at 60, rue Saint-Jean, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon
Le Musée Gadagne (Historical Museum of Lyon AND Puppet Museum, is at 1, Place du Petit Collège, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon (Line D)
La Maison de Guignol in Saint-Georges district, at 2, Montée du Gourguillon, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon
Le Boui Boui Café-Théâtre is at 7, rue Mourguet, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon
Le Petit Musée Fantastique de Guignol is at 6, rue Saint-Jean, 5th Arrondissement, Metro Vieux Lyon
The Youth Hostel "Auberge de Jeunesse du Vieux Lyon" is at 41-45, Montée du Chemin Neuf, 5th Arrondissement. The pic was taken during a Couscous Dinner Night at the Hostel, when things were still under control... Later, there was a lot of dancing on tables, etc.
Special views over Lyon
"Heading to the best views to see Lyon"
With our trusty Lonely Planet Guide and its map of where we wanted to go in Lyon, which was up the funicular to get the view over the city sights as we didnt have much time.
We were able to easily locate a place to park by the river near the base of Fourviere hill and walk through the medieval streets to the Vieux Lyon funicular which goes up to the top.
The lonely planet recommends the best views are from the Tour Metallique, an eiffel tower type tower erected in 1893, but when we got off the funicular at the top we made our way into the Basilica that was there which was open with its own tower and stairway to the top.
we were very happy with the excellent views we got from there as you can see in our photos! -
Two thousand years ago the Romans were here with their city of Lugdunum built around the slopes.
The two rebuilt Roman theatres can be seen on the slopes behind from the viewpoint on the top of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.
Up here on the hill also is the Musee Gallo-Romain
"Vieux Lyon - the old city"
The picturesque old city, Vieux Lyon, with narrow streets lined with over 300 meticulously restored medieval and renaissance houses lies at the base of Fourviere hill.
Here is also found the 12th century Romanesque ,but with Gothic facade, Cathedrale Saint Jean with its 14th century astronomical clock.