Fourvière Basilica, the guardian angel

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Fourvière Basilica, the guardian angel

On the heights of the Fourvière hill, this emblematic monument overlooks the city. Lyon would not be Lyon without this basilica watching over her.

The Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica was built at the end of the 19th century in a neo-Byzantine style on the site of Trajan's ancient Forum, at the top of what the Lyonnais call "the hill that prays". Its architect, Pierre Bossan (1814-1888) wanted to express the greatness of faith. With its four towers and carved walls, the Basilica resembles a fortress and symbolises the unwavering faith of the Virgin Mary.

Inside, two superimposed churches reveal gold and lighting entirely devoted to the Virgin, giving Lyon its status as Mary's city. Every year, more than 2.5 million pilgrims and visitors climb to the top of the hill to discover the basilica, taking the "Ficelle", the funicular linking Old Lyon to the heights of the city. Alternately, the bravest travel up by foot. On December 8th, a torchlit procession leaves from the Place Saint-Jean below to reach the square in front of the basilica and celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière
8 place de Fourvière
69005 Lyon

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