Friday, October 12, 2012

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière


The Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere was built in the 19th century as testament to the vast wealth and power of the Roman Catholic Church.

It has a gothic neo-Byzantine style and its Fourviere hilltop location offers magnificent views of the city.



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There it is, the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere looming over Lyon



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You can either walk all the way up or be lazy BUT SMART like me and take the funicular :P



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Short, comfortable ride vs. long, uphill walk. Take your pick.



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As soon as you exit, this is what you see



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The basilica has four main towers and a bell tower topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary



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What's most interesting is Fourviere actually contains two churches, one built on top of the other.
This is the church on top. It was undergoing renovations the time I went.



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I lighted some candles for the people I love



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This is Father Gilles Sander. He came up and spoke to me in fluent Mandarin!



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Father Sander told me Lyon has such a big Chinese Catholic community that 
they started printing church materials in Chinese. The word means Love. 



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Angel, please protect us  



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The church below



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Mosaique de Saint Jacques de Compostelle
23 square meters, 600 work hours, 300 shades of different colors 


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Behind the basilica is a terrace that offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city



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Oh Lyon, I am so ready to eat you!!!



Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere: Place de Fourviere, 69005, Lyon, France. Tel: +33 (0)4 78 25 13 01


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