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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.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square, and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Confluence Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Part-Dieu - Servient Tram Stop is only a 5-minute walk and Palais de Justice - Mairie du 3eme Tram Stop is 6 minutes.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Theatres of Fourviere, Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine), and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Lyon Cathedral and Bellecour Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 14 minutes by foot and Gorge de Loup Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Textile Museum and Bellecour Square. Lyon Cathedral and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 3-minute walk and Ampere-Victor Hugo Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bellecour Square, Lyon Cathedral, and Textile Museum. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Lyon City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Bellecour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Vieux Lyon Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Lyon hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Musée Gadagne and Lyon Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine) and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 10 minutes. Vieux Lyon Station and Lyon Saint Paul Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Lyon City Hall, and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Place des Terreaux and Lyon Opera are also within 10 minutes. Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps from Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Place des Terreaux. Lyon City Hall and Lyon Opera are also within 10 minutes. Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Lyon Opera. Lyon Cathedral and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 15 minutes. Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.