The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière) is a minor basilica in Lyon. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1896 in a dominant position overlooking the city. The site it occupies was once the Roman forum of Trajan, the forum vetus (old forum), thus its name (as an inverted corruption of the French Vieux-Forum).
Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to whom is attributed the salvation of the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague that swept Europe in 1643. Each year in early December (December 8, day of the Immaculate Conception), Lyon thanks the Virgin for saving the city by lighting candles throughout the city, in what is called the Fête des Lumières or the Festival of Lights. The Virgin is also credited with saving the city a number of other times, such as from a Cholera epidemic in 1832, and from Prussian invasion in 1870.
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Daniel Alexander | Jan 28, 2018
We visited during May and walking through the basilica is a great experience, everything is beautifully crafted and well built. The detailing of the stained glass and tiling needs to be viewed in person to really appreciate it. Outside the views are amazing as well. The basilica overlooks Lyon and you can see very far on a clear day. If I'm ever in the region, I'd go out of my way to visit again; I would recommend anyone visiting the city to spend the afternoon here.
Vinil Reddy J | Feb 18, 2018
A very good cathedral in Lyon. Great architecture, amazing viewpoints and an ambient experience. The inside and outside of the cathedral are stunningly beautiful. Make a visit in the day and also in the night. This is a must see if you're to Lyon.
Franklin Paredes | Feb 25, 2018
This is a reality beautiful church, build in the late XIX century with a modern style. Inside you can admire some amazing murals and mosaics and bellow, a hole new temple. Don't miss an astonishing view of the city outside.
ashray n | Mar 5, 2018
Fantastic place to visit.The basilique is very beautiful to look at. You get the view of the entire city outside the basilique. I Believe it would be nice place to try out some long exposure photography at night. The place is colder than the city because of the higher altitude and it was absolutely freezing when I went there. This is a must visit place in Lyon.
po yen tseng | Feb 17, 2018
Fantastic place, so calm and beautiful. The priest know how to speak in Chinese, super friendly to invite us to a event
Thodoris Aldakos | Mar 7, 2018
You have to go there. The view of the city is amazing and especially if you choose to go at a time close to the sunset. It reminds a little bit of Monmarte. Enjoy!
Sirius Hertz | Apr 19, 2018
Beautiful cathedral. Completely worth the trip up the hill - but do yourself a favor and take the funicular rail line up (included with a metro day pass). Then walk down, if you have to walk. It's a big hill.
Santiago Tacoronte | Apr 7, 2018
This is a very old Basilica from 19th century. The exterior is beautiful made on white marble. Inside is even more beautiful with amazing colorful engraves and windows. There is also access to the crypt and an underground chapel. There is an impressive view of the whole Lyon from there, since the Basikque is on the top of a hill. It is a must visit if you pass by Lyon.
Bob Daniels | Apr 7, 2018
Fabulous views across the whole of Lyon to the Alpes beyond. The Basilique is well worth a visit too. The Roman amphitheatres are on approximately the same level and are reslly well preserved. Take the funicular from near St Jean cathedral unless you are very fit! The walk down is good but also hard on the knees.
Alex Mayorov | Jun 4, 2018
Have to visit, view amazing and Church monumental creation of the past. It costs blood and sacrifice to build something like this and I felt so Get out very happy and calm, singing inside and beauty of the interior make me different. Highly recommend
Kris Hadis | May 21, 2018
It was quite a challenge to hike to the Basilica, taking hundreds of steep steps. But it all paid off by the gorgeous view of Lyon from the top. The canteen next to the Basilica also sells a really delicious ice cream with different flavors. Not half bad as a reward for myself...
Ed Castaldo | Jun 4, 2018
Such an ornate basilica! The crypt beneath the main Cathedral is amazing as well. Gotta say that if you're going to compare it to Notre Dame in Paris, this one exceeds Paris in many ways!
Ashley Linkletter | May 30, 2018
We chose to hike up which was a good workout. From the top we saw stunning views of the city and toured the chapel and basilica. Well worth the climb!
Paul Howell | May 27, 2018
Beautiful architecture. I was amazed at the upper and lower sanctuaries both are beautifully crafted and grandiose. The building is wonderful and is a great piece of history.
Tom X | Jun 11, 2018
We had no idea what we were in for when we started hiking up! But it was definitely worth it. This basilica is much newer than the older gothic-era cathedrals that blanket Europe from the Middle Ages. But it is modeled after those places, so the effect is to transport you back in time to the glory days of those older places. The decor is colorful and detailed. There are two magnificent halls on two levels. The exterior is clean and bright. And the view of the city is absolutely stunning. Highly recommended!
Geekette Bits Great Bits, Tasty Bytes | Jun 27, 2018
Having been to lots of beautiful churches across Europe I thought that this one was beautiful and more colorful than others, even in the same country. Beautiful stained glass windows and a lower level church had different religious moments representing many different countries. Beautiful views when you walk up. Metro station for Funicular is right there but if you want you can attempt to walk down the hill through the beautiful rose and orchard gardens. It’s very steep, paved, and there’s stairs that cut through the winding roads. Once out of the garden you can still walk down another very steep set of steps. When entering the garden you can choose to go left to the orchards and right to the roses. We did left and saw beautiful hydrangeas. Nicely covered and cool. No dogs, food, or wine.
alan trinh | Jul 1, 2018
Grand church with amazingly breathtaking interior. give you an amazing view of Lyon from high up. Be aware they do not allow photos while you are in the church. Close to the funicular which cost 3 euro (30/6/18) for a return ticket.
Dominic Nickel | Jul 18, 2018
This place is awesome to visit. The best way to get the most out of this place is to take the guided rooftop tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and the views are spectacular. You get to see some cool areas inside the church and from up top. Definitely check this out when in Lyon.
Jamez Chan | Jul 28, 2018
Situated above the rest of Lyon, the basilica gives a magnificent view of the city. The hike up to it may be tiring for those who weren't expecting a walk but there are public transportations that can take one up. The basilica itself is also work of great craftsmanship and worth a detour out of the city centre. A good option if you are interested in a bit of culture and history of the city.
Shirline Juay | Aug 3, 2018
This astounding church is perfectly situated on the hilltop whether you view it from the ground level or go up there to oversee the breathtaking scenery of Lyon. Walking up is a challenge and the other alternative is to take a cable car or a bus. This is the most impeccable spot to take photographs. Whichever you choose, be sure to go up!
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