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Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon

If Rio de Janeiro has the statue of Christ the Redeemer looking after the city, Lyon has Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Yes, it’s not a statue with open arms but a basilica sitting on top of a mountain. You can’t miss it – and every local knows where it is. It may look far when you’re on the plains but it’s worth a visit – even if you’re not religious.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

The Basilica’s Fame. When Black Death swept Europe in the 17th middle of century, Lyon was saved from it. The locals built this church to honour the Virgin Mary to whom they believe safeguarded the city from the deadly plague.

Interior Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

Day of Immaculate Conception. Every year, On December 8, the city has the “Festival of Lights.” This is the night when locals light a candle for the Virgin Mary who is also attributed for saving Lyon during the Prussian Invasion (1870) and the cholera epidemic (1832).

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

The Exterior. The basilica has this intimidating facade when you’re standing in front of it. Though it doesn’t carry the magnificence of the St. Peter’s Basilica nor the grandeur of the Duomo in Milan, it surely has its own beauty.

Exterior Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

The Interior

But wait until you see its interior where both Byzantine and Romanesque styles are fused together. You’ll find a bit of Gothic designs, too.

City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

Its arches, colonnades and ceilings are all covered in amazing artistic splendour.

City of Lyon (France).
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the City of Lyon (France).

Look at this! Can you hold your breath while looking up for a while and heave a sigh when you’re done admiring?

City of Lyon (France).
City of Lyon (France).

The basilica’s amazing mosaics and marvellous stained windows are visual feasts you’d remember from this visit. They’re truly, truly jaw-dropping!

Hotel / Hostel in Lyon

Away Hostel and Coffee Shop is a perfect place to stay in Lyon. It few minutes walk to the centre of the city and accessible to cafes and restaurants around. The hostel is fabulous and the staff members are super nice. The rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable, too. For medium-price hotel, try Hotel Saint Vincent.

Related: A Day Trip to Annecy from Lyon

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