The Travel Book – Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere, Lyon, France

Right at the top of a hill over looking the Old Town, there is a structure that is so impressive to look up at (particularly at night) which is even more striking when you walk up at it to see it in all it’s glory.


The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere is a private funded minor Basilica that plays an important role in the city of Lyon. The Fourviere is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and every year in December Lyon thanks her for saving the city by lighting candles around the town in something called Fete des Lumieres.

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The Basilica is a huge part of the city and welcomes 2 million visitors every year. It has got the nickname of ‘the upside down elephant’ because if you look at the architecture of the building and it looks very similar to this.

The one thing I found phenomenal about this place was the interior is absolutely stunning. You can tell that a lot of money has been put into this place and the attention to detail is wonderful – both in design and colour. It is evident why so many people make the effort to walk up such a huge hill to get to it. Another great thing about this place is the view from outside. Just from the side of the Basilica you are welcomed with a wonderful view of the whole of Lyon and it really is such a quaint town that it really delights the eye on a clear and bright day.


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