- Type: Religious Sights
NileGuide Expert Says:
Amazing what mankind can do in the name of religion, and Basilique de Fourvière pays testimony to that. You can see the mighty basilica from everywhere in the centre of Lyon, but going in is where you'll find the real 'wow' effect!
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Office du Tourisme provide an unusual tour of the roof tops of Basilique de Fourvière. For more information contact the Office du Tourisme at Place Bellecour.
- Built between 1872 and 1884 by the architect Pierre Bossan, the Basilique de Fourvière, that has been nicknamed the "upside down elephant" is representative of the eclecticism of the end of the 19th century. The oriental, symbolist and neo-classic influences (twisted columns and columned porticoes) are mixed with architecture inspired by the medieval style machicolated towers, which creates a shocking fortress church. An observatory offers spectacular views, and under the basilica is a crypt, accessible from the esplanade. Guided tours are available. Check website for mass and admission details.
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