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go up to the cathedral and...

Favorite thing go up to the cathedral and enjoy the beautiful scene. (do not walk up, search for public transport)

Fondest memory the girl working in the supermarket was really beautiful. i wanted to wait till she leaves her work but i had to discover the city.

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Favorite thing 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'

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Favorite thing Visit the Basilique de Fourvière!

Constructed between 1872 and 1896, this building is remarkably beautiful. The scuptures in the exterier is really fine, and the interier is decorated with marble statues and stained glass. From the Basilique you can get a great view of the city of Lyon.

To get there, you can take the metro and get down at the stop: Fourvière. It is possible to get there by feet from the centre ville of Lyon, Bellecour, cross the bridge and you'll reach Vieux the basilique is located on the hill, we have a climb abit...abit of exercise is good!:-D

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Aug 25, 2002

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Favorite thing La basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière domine la ville de Lyon depuis le sommet de la colline de Fourvière, sur l'emplacement de l'ancien Forum de Trajan (Forum vetus, d'où le nom de Fourvière), où Saint Pothin subit le martyre. Son architecture de style néo-byzantin est l'œuvre de Pierre Bossan.

The basilica of Notre-Dame of Fourvière dominates the city of Lyon since the summit of the hill of Fourvière, on the site of the former Forum of Trajan (clothed Forum, from where the name of Fourvière), where Saint Pothin undergoes the martyrdom. Its architecture of neo-Byzantine style is the work of Pierre Bossan.

Fondest memory L'histoire de la basilique commence en 1643. Une épidémie de peste faisant rage aux alentours de Lyon, un collectif de femmes prie la Vierge Marie d'épargner la ville. Leur prière ayant été exaucée, les Lyonnais rendent hommage à Marie en élevant une église au sommet de la colline. À l'occasion du bicentenaire de ce miracle, le 8 décembre 1843, une statue en or de la Vierge Marie est ajoutée au sommet de l'eglise. Depuis, chaque année, le 8 décembre, les Lyonnais célèbrent la fête des Lumières.

L'histoire se répète : en 1870, les Prussiens s'emparent de Paris et progressent vers le sud. Les militaires sont aux portes de la Bourgogne lorsqu'à nouveau des femmes se rassemblent pour implorer la Vierge d'épargner la ville. Dans les jours qui suivent, l'armée de Bismarck bat retraite. Lyon est sauvé. En remerciement, une basilique vient remplacer l'église de Fourvière.

Les travaux commencés en 1872 s'achèvent douze ans plus tard. Cependant, il faudra attendre 1964 pour que l'intérieur de la basilique soit achevé, avec ses mosaïques, ses sculptures et ses vitraux.

The history of the basilica begins in 1643. An epidemic of pestilence raging in the surroundings of Lyon, a collective of women asks the Virgin Marie to save the city. Their prayer having been granted, the Of Lyons do homage to Marie while raising a church to the summit of the hill. On the occasion of the bicentennial of this miracle, December 8, 1843, a gold statue of the Virgin Marie is added to the summit of the church. Since, every year, December 8, the of Lyon celebrate the feast of Lights.

History repeats itself: in 1870, the Prussians seize Paris and progress southwards. The soldiers are at the doors of Burgundy when all over again some women assemble to implore the Virgin to save the city. In the days that follow, Bismarck's army beats retirement. Lyon is saved.

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Place Bellecour

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Vieux Lyon

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Place des Terreaux

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Fourvière Hill

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Croix Rousse

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