Built between 1872 and 1884 by the architect Pierre Bossan, the Basilique de Fourvière, that has been nicknamed the ... More
Built between 1872 and 1884 by the architect Pierre Bossan, the Basilique de Fourvière, that has been nicknamed the "upside down elephant" is representative of the eclecticism of the end of the 19th Century. The oriental, symbolist and neo-classical influences (twisted columns and columned porticoes) are mixed with architecture inspired by the medieval style machicolated towers, which creates a shocking fortress church. An observatory offers spectacular views, and under the basilica is a crypt, accessible from the esplanade. Guided tours are available. Check website for mass and admission details.
To go to Basilique de Fourvi�re you must take what we call a "funiculaire" which is some kind of very old little trolley. It is quite scary I must say, especially when it's raining and the noise around is like criiic craaac. But once you're on top, you have the most amazing view of the city, especially at night. Lyon is not a city with all skyscrapers and giant places, it is an old city filled with history, and the architecture here is amazing. The Basilique reflects quite well the atmosphere of the city, it's both grandiose and mysterious. It's really worth visiting !
From the Basilique de Fourviere you can see almost all of Lyon. I went in the late winter so there weren't many tourists and the atmosphere was breathtaking.
I suggest skipping the funiculaire (cable-car) that takes you to the top. Instead, take a leasurely walk up through St. Jean and Veiux Lyon. There are many wonderful things to be seen that you miss when you take the easy way up.
Lyons is famous for the night time illuminations of its monuments: hence, it earns it's nickname as the "city of
light." The Office du Tourisme organizes a 2 hour guided tour lasting 2 hours taking you round these illuminations ...
The church of Lyon's bishop, one of Gaul's most important, has been situated on the banks of the Saone at
the bottom of Fourvière hill since the 4th Century. Construction of the present building started in 1170 1180 and ...
Saint Georges catches the eye of passers by on the quays of the Saône with its entirely neogothic harmony. The
church was completely reconstructed in 1844 by the architect Pierre Bossan, who is famous for his eclecticism at Fourvière. ...