Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere in Lyon, France.

© Frederic Prochasson/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière


Crowning the hill, with stunning city panoramas from its terrace, this superb example of late-19th-century French ecclesiastical architecture is lined with magnificent mosaics. From April to November, free 30-minute discovery visits take in the main features of the basilica and crypt; otherwise, 90-minute rooftop tours ('Visite Insolite') climax on the stone-sculpted roof. Reserve tickets in advance online for the latter.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lyon attractions

1. Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

0.17 MILES

For an enlightening historical perspective on the city's past, start your visit at this archaeological museum on the hillside of Fourvière. It hosts a…

2. Théâtre Romain

0.21 MILES

Lyon's Roman theatre, built around 15 BC and enlarged in AD 120, sat an audience of 10,000. Romans held poetry readings and musical recitals in the…

3. Musée Miniature et Cinéma

0.24 MILES

This maze-like museum on tourist-busy rue St-Jean provides an unusual insight into the making of movie sets and special effects achieved with the use of…

4. Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste

0.26 MILES

Lyon's partly Romanesque cathedral was built between the late 11th and early 16th centuries. The portals of its Flamboyant Gothic facade, completed in…

5. Palais de Justice

0.27 MILES

Facing the river in old Lyon, the grandiose neo-classical Palais de Justice is well worth a gander.

6. Musées Gadagne

0.27 MILES

Housed in a 16th-century mansion built for two rich Florentine bankers, this twin-themed exhibition space incorporates an excellent local history museum,…

7. Le Petit Musée Fantastique de Guignol

0.29 MILES

The star of this tiny, two-floor museum is Guignol, the Lyonnais puppet famous for its slapstick antics and political commentary. Various animated scenes…

8. Fresque des Lyonnais

0.49 MILES

Well-known Lyonnais peer out from this beautifully executed seven-storey mural, including loom inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752–1834), Renaissance…