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Notre-Dame Basilica

Lyon’s crowning glory, this monumental church stands atop Fourvière hill and provides fabulous panoramas of the city.

Because of its hilltop location, the Notre-Dame Basilica, officially Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, can be seen from almost anywhere in Lyon. Not only is it a symbol of the city, but it is also one of Lyon’s most popular attractions. Visit to admire the extravagant excess of the gilded interior and admire spectacular views across the city.

Constructed on the site of an ancient Roman forum, the basilica was consecrated in 1896 and incorporates Byzantine and Romanesque design elements. Like the Sacré-Cœur in Paris, it was funded by donations and was built to demonstrate the power of the Catholic Church to the rising secular powers and to show thanks to God, who the church believed was responsible for the retreat of Prussian forces during the France-Prussian War.

As you approach the basilica, gaze up at the imposing monument: four octagonal towers and a bell tower topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Though the exterior is relatively austere, the interior is quite impressive. 

Venture inside and you’ll be immediately struck by the level of detail. Wherever you look, gilt, marble, stained glass, intricate mosaics and colorful frescoes cover nearly every inch. Examine the ornate details of the richly decorated interior. Climb down to the lower level to view the large crypt of Saint-Jean.

After exploring the basilica, head to the adjoining Chapel of the Virgin, where a terrace provides uninterrupted views over the city. Bring your camera to take photos of the surrounding cityscape. Try to pick out the important monuments, such as the Cathédrale Saint-Jean and the Tour de la Part-Dieu skyscraper. On a clear day, the views are said to extend as far as Mont Blanc.

A trip to the basilica can be combined with visits to the nearby Musées Gallo-Romains and the Roman Theater, which are also located on Fourvière hill.

Entry to the Notre-Dame Basilica is free. There is a fee for guided tours. Paths lead up to the basilica, but the uphill climb can be tiring. Try using the funicular instead, which departs from Vieux Lyon station.


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Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu ¥28,722
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 8 minutes.

    Fourvière Hôtel Lyon ¥14,400
    Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

    Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

    23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Theatres of Fourviere and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 15 minutes by foot and Gorge de Loup Station is 20 minutes.

      Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts ¥9,977
      Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

      Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

      73-75, Rue du President Edouard Herriot, Lyon, Rhone
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 5 minutes.

        Villa Maïa ¥44,095
        Villa Maïa

        Villa Maïa

        8 rue du Professeur Pierre Marion, Lyon
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine) and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lyon Saint Paul Station is 12 minutes.

          Villa Florentine ¥24,510
          Villa Florentine

          Villa Florentine

          25-27 Montée Saint Barthelemy, Lyon, Rhone
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musée Gadagne and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Bellecour Square are also within 15 minutes. Lyon Saint Paul Station is only a 5-minute walk and Vieux Lyon Station is 5 minutes.

            Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot ¥5,363
            Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

            Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

            7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, Lyon
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier, and Jean Moulin University. Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centre Berthelot Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Jean Mace Station is 6 minutes.

              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel ¥16,745
              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

              4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.

                MiHotel La Tour Rose ¥12,157
                MiHotel La Tour Rose

                MiHotel La Tour Rose

                22 Rue du Bœuf, Lyon
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musée Gadagne and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 15 minutes. Vieux Lyon Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lyon Saint Paul Station is 5 minutes.