Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

First, don’t be afraid by different names: “Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière” “Fourvière Basilica” “Notre-Dame Basilica” “Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière”: This is the same austere building. But, like the Christ in Rio or the Tibidabo in Barcelona it’s the perfect place for an incredible panoramic view of the city.

First, don’t be afraid by different names: “Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière” “Fourvière Basilica” “Notre-Dame Basilica” “Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière”: This is the same austere building. But, like the Christ in Rio or the Tibidabo in Barcelona it’s the perfect place for an incredible panoramic view of the city.

The Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière sits high atop the Fourvière Hill in Lyon. It was built between 1872 and 1876 in the typical Baroque style of the period. Lyon’s basilica was built to underline the might of the Roman Catholic Church after the birth of the anticlerical Third Republic.

The Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière was built on an ancient Roman forum between 1872 and 1876, and is visible from all over the city. Don’t be afraid by the austere and imposing exterior, it’s richly decorated inside with marble work, stained glass windows, and color mosaics. The adjacent terrace provides a panoramic view of the city, with the cathedral of St-Jean in the foreground and the glass towers of the Part-Dieu business complex behind (with the Credit Lyonnais skyscraper).

Climb the 287 (some others says 292, but it doesn’t matter…) steps to the basilica observatory. The gardens of Rosaire invite meditation whilst the Hauteurs Park offers a pleasant walk.
And take your Horizon!

written by anglemort on 2008-08-11 in #world #locations #lyon #culture #art #architecture

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