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Standing atop Fourvière Hill, this basilica, constructed in the late 19th century, has an ornate interior to contrast its grave exterior.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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8 Place de Fourviere, 69005, Lyon, France
+33 4 78 25 13 01
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Located at the top of old Lyon this is a humongous basilica offering amazing views of the city and displaying lavish and luxurious architecture. This basilica has in fact two churches, one on top of the other and both very impressive in size and style....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LuisMoreira
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you’re looking to get your daily exercise in, then have a climb up the steps to the Basilique. Beautiful old church with fantastic architecture and ornate ceiling. The bonus is the great view over the city from the parapet. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So, bear I. mind that you have to surmount quite the hill to get to it, and it's a ways and its steep. Also, you have to get back down! Well worth it, and many more things to see along the way, we will. over...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ecossearthur
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing view of the city - look for concerts or other events happening as well. Easy to take funicular up and then walk down the path right into Vieux Lyon.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sydney N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place for religious history or European art fans. The Basilica is enormous with both a main chapel, underground chapel, crypt and side prayer chapels. The mosaic tiling lining the walls of the cathedral are very impressive.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must confess that I'm not a Christian. Yet, I have been to churches where I have said, "I'm not of this religion but God is here." I couldn't say that about this Basilica. It is just too much inside. Paintings, stained glass windows everywhere....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stub905
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the fenicular trip. Pano view of the city is immense. Basilica is beautiful and well worth a walk around. I’m not at all religious but places like this are quite humbling.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NeilH78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked up the steep hill from Vieux Lyon - not recommended for anyone unfit! It would be easier to take the short trip up with the funicular - but I would recommend walking down - it really is a beautiful walk with gardens and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank charbias
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit if you go to Lyon. Inside the building is beautifully coloured mosaics and decorated. Spend some time admiring the art work.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Naturetravel9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A night time guided tour of the rooftop and attic of the Basilica It was wet, windy and very misty . . but great fun Brollies .. provide your own .. but the guide provided torches Great atmospherics .. and a knowledgeable guide .. who...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 25, 2018|
Response from Fabul0us1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I’m afraid I’d never heard of it. The idea sounds absurd to me. Hope you find what you’re looking for 😊
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