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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.

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).

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

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Guards the 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?

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

Where to Stay in Lyon. I stayed at Away Hostel and Coffee Shop. And what can I say? It’s fabulous! It’s walking distance to everything you wanna go. It’s clean and you’ll love the bed, too!

Related: A Day Trip to Annecy from Lyon

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