Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon

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    The Basilica

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    1. View of Fourvi��re from Place Bellecour
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    Looming above Lyon from its position on a hilltop on the right bank of the Saône, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière can be seen from numerous places in the city. So it is certainly a prominent landmark, even for those of us who dislike the building and what it stands for.

    Like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which has a similarly dominating position on a hill above Paris, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière was begun in the troubled period of the 1870s to celebrate (or at least assert) the triumph of reactionary "Christian values" over the socialist aspirations of the Paris and Lyon communes.

    In the words of Bertrand Taithe, Professor of Cultural History at The University of Manchester: "The reaction to the communes of Paris and Lyon were triumphalist monuments, the Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre and the Basilica of Fourvière, dominating both cities. These buildings were erected using private funds, as gigantic ex-votos, thanking God for the victory over the socialists and in expiation of the sins of modern France." (From the book Citizenship and Wars: France in Turmoil, 1870-1871 by Bertrand Taithe.)

    Second photo: View of Fourvière from the restaurant Les Muses on the fifth floor of the opera house.

    Third photo: Inside the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. (I think it looks awful, but I'm not exactly a connoisseur of church architecture.)

    Fourth photo: One of the corner towers of the Basilica.

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    Basilique de Fourviere

    by 2_lovelygirls_FR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The basilique of Fourviere is very very decorated so I'd suggest to start visiting the middle aged area of St Jean, (which is just under Fourviere) and its Cathedrale St Jean as the walls are a lot more sober.

    Then visit the Basilique of Fourviere. The best thing to do is to take the cable-car (funiculaire) from St-Jean up to Fourviere. Very picuresque !

    Enjoy the wonderful scenery and go back to St Jean by foot!!

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    Mosaics, Stained Glass and Panoramic Views

    by iNorv9 Written Dec 20, 2005

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    The relatively austere exterior houses a surprisingly ornate interior. In addition to several mosaics and stained glass windows, there is a fine collection of 19th-century Byzantine art. One of the highest points in Lyon, the tower provides an excellent viewpoint.

    Cost: Free to visit the Basilica, 2 euro to climb up the tower.

    Bottom-line: One of the most famous monuments in Lyon. Getting there via furnicular is half the fun, and the tower probably provides best location for a panoramic view of of the city.

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    Fourvière Basilica

    by tweetycaro Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Constructed between 1872 and 1896 in an eclectic style (austere on the outside and very richly decorated inside). The Basilica offers a wealth of mosaics, stained glass windows and marbles.
    You can admire the panoramic view from all along the esplanade.

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    On top of Lyon

    by Bigjones Written Feb 2, 2005

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    The view is probably nicer when the wether is fine (man, it was freezing cold up there !) but still, it was fantastic. From there, you have a view on the whole structure of the city with the two rivers. You can also see the four towers of the basilica representing the cardinal virtues : strenght, prudence, temperance and justice.

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    Notre-Dame d'Fourviere

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 4, 2006

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    Notre-Dame d'Fourviere, constructed in later time in romantic style of rococo at the top of the Fourvierre hill, direct above the Cathedral. There is a fine view on the city which opens from a terrace. The first Catholic cathedral on this place was constructed in the XII century, then it was reconstructed several times, it got a modern view almost in the end of the XIX century and now it is a dominant of the city.
    The Museum of the Gallo-Roman civilization is located on a southern slope of a hill. In the old city there is a Romance church Saint Martin d'Ainay(VI-XIII centuries), Roman-Gothic Cathedral Saint Jean(XII-XV centuries), Gothic churches Saint-Pole, Saint-Bonavature, etc.

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    One of Lyon's sites

    by barney1974 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Half of the Fouviere.  Where was photo skills?

    The Fourviere is one of Lyon's sights to see as it dominates the hillside, overlooking the town. The church is located up on top of Fourviere Hill, which can be reached by walking or by car. It is a pretty standard church with the stain glass and the high ceilings. Pretty nice all and all.

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    Visit Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière

    by vichatherly Written Oct 13, 2004

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    Enthroned on the hill's summit is the 19th-century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Rising fortresslike with four octagonal towers and crenellated walls.

    Its interior is covered with colored mosaics, and an ancient chapel adjoins the church. A gilded statue of the Virgin surmounts the belfry.

    It looks down on Lyon day and night a great sight on the hill

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    The views...

    by mattreider Written Jun 14, 2007

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    You can walk up through some nice gardens and switchbacks, or take a fenicular up to the hill that holds the basilica. The fenicular signs are located in old lyon, and sort of point you in the general direction of the trains. The trains take the same tickets as the subway, a convenience.

    The Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière sits high atop the Fourvière Hill in Lyon, France. It was built between 1872 and 1876, in the typical Baroque style of the period and offers a magnificent view over the city.

    Our local friends indicated that it was built as thanks for sparing Lyon from a plague that spread throughout the country.

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    A must see Basilica in Lyon

    by aquatic Written Nov 21, 2008

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    Very unusual Basilica! Reminded me of Sacre Coeur in Paris (also very unusual) even though they are both very different.
    Mosaics in Byzantine style cover almost everything inside this basilica. The impression is overwhelming...
    You can walk up the hill or take cable car ride.

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    Basilica of Fourviere - well ... nice.

    by rui_bijie Written Jul 2, 2004

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    Yes, it is an impressing building, built on the best place in town in order to become a landmark. From an art historians point of view, it doesn't mean much - sorry.
    Always keep in mind, that this church was built in the 19th century - technology was much more advanced by then. The church is all "neo": neobyzantine - which means: nothing new.

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    Inside Notre Dame de Fourvière

    by Bigjones Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Inside Fourvi��re

    The inside is really beautiful with its stained glass, statues and above all, the mosaics. This is what I prefered : the walls and the floor are covered with mosaics. What a work this should have been but the result is great.

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    Furviere basilica

    by ivanab Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    It's the church that dominates over Lyon...especially during the night with all the lights on her...If you go all the way up to see her, you'll be surprised by her size...It has 2 parts...upper church with wonderful mosaics and stained glass windows and down is a more moddest place for choir concerts...You can also admire the panoramic view from all along the esplanade or climb the Panoramic Tower.

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    Fourviere Notre Dame Basilica

    by adema29 Written Feb 27, 2007

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    The Basilica
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    Built on Fourviere Hill, the Basilica dominates the city with its siluette. Enjoy its luxurious decorated interior ( fine mosaics, superb stained glass, marble works) and the superb view over the town!

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    Basilica of Fourviere

    by Yso Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Basilica of Fourviere is perched on a hill above the old town. The best way to get up there is take take the Funicular railway from teh Vieux Lyon metro station. The view from the top is fantastic, you can then walk bck down to the old town through the gardens (about 20 minute walk, all downhill!)

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