7/43.- Lyon, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere


The beautiful Fourvière Basilica sits at the top of the Fourvière Hill. The name of this hill may come from the first inhabitants of the mountain: the Romans -- who called the hill Forum Vetus.

The Fourvière Basilica is pretty modern. It was built in the 19th century by the architect Bossan. Because of its 4 octagonal towers the basilica is also known as the "upside-down elephant" --I wonder if the side that faces the city is the head or the bottom of the elephant ...

To get there you have to walk up the hill or take a funicular. In Lyon there is another funicular, that takes you to the Roman theaters, to the Youth Hostel and to St Just. Both funiculars share a base station in 'Vieux Lyon'. Come on, let's go up there ...

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