Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvierehttp://plusthekids.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/39/21/3b/575-Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere-83-1434025213.jpg
The Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere sits high atop the Fourvière Hill in Lyon, France. It was built between 1872 and 1876 in a neo-Byzantine style and offers a magnificent view over the city.
Visible from all over the city, the gleaming white Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière rises like a fortress on Fourvière Hill, with slender turrets on its four corners and crenellated walls. A gilded statue of the Virgin surmounts the bell tower.
This relatively austere exterior contrasts with the richly decorated interior, which was intended to demonstrate the Church's wealth and power (although in reality, it had only the former). Gilt, marble work, stained glass windows, and colored mosaics cover virtually every surface. Beneath the main level is the crypt of Saint-Jean, which is unusually large and well-lit.
Adjoining the basilica is the ancient Chapel of the Virgin and a terrace that provides a panoramic view of the cathedral and city of Lyon. An even better view can be had by climbing 287 steps to the basilica observatory.
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Great view, beautiful church
This basilica sits high above the top of Lyon and the site itself gives great views of the city. I enjoyed looking inside, it is indeed a lovely basilica but actually I enjoyed the outside view more and it is always hard to keep kids quiet inside churches! We took the public funicular railway up which the kids enjoyed more than the church. But the combination of the funicular and the church was good and it was worth the effort.
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Has precious things that shouldn't be touched
- No public toilets available
- Periods of quiet/no talking allowed (e.g. tours etc)