Located on the historic hill of Fourvière, this basilica in magnificent white stones dominates the resplendent city of Lyon. It was built from 1872 to 1884 on the site of the Saint-Thomas chapel following a pilgrimage to the Virgin and the thanks for the protection of Lyon following the War of 1870.
Place of foundation of Lugdunum, the capital of Gaul, this hill has seen the evolution of the first French from Neolithic inhabitants to Gauls, Romans and early Christians.
It has a funicular that you can take in Old Lyon to climb to the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviere, but the pedestrian climb is worth it, after crossing the Saone you take the rise of Gourguillon to the place des Minimes through the rue des Farges, after crossing the park you take the Rue de l’Antiquaille from where you arrive at the site where is the magnificent Roman Theater and the impressive Odeon Antiques. Then you can visit the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourviere which contains one of the most prestigious collections of ancient art and finally climb the street Roger Radisson which finally leads to the basilica.
A grandiose panorama of Lyon awaits you there!
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