Reasons to Recommend: Though not nearly as old as most of France's famous churches, the Basilique de Fourviere can hang with the big boys when it comes to grandeur. The building was erected between 1872 and 1884 using private funds, and was meant to thank God for victory over socialists and in expiation of the sins of modern France. Sometimes called the “upside-down elephant,” the design of the massive, twisty, fortress-like building was influenced by oriental, symbolist and neo-classic influences. An observatory allows for a panoramic view of the city. Guided tours are available.
Reasons to Recommend: Fourviere is a symbol of Lyon, the cradle of Lyon and the birthplace of Lyon Christianity. The top of the mountain is the height of Lyon, overlooking the city of Lyon, and is a great place to enjoy the night view. On the hill there is Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, a Catholic Church built in the 19th century and in Baroque style. On the south side there is the Romanesque Arena and the Roman Gaul Museum.
Reasons to Recommend: Place des Terreaux is a square in the heart of Lyon, France. The area where this square is located is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There is the famous Butler Fountain in the square. The fountain is named after its designer, the French sculptor Redrick Augustus Butlerdi. His most famous work is the Statue of Liberty.
Reasons to Recommend: The largest pedestrian square in all of Europe, the vast Place Bellecour is often the site of rallies, demonstrations, concerts, and in the winter, an ice skating rink and a gargantuan Ferris wheel. Once upon a time, the site was an alluvial island, and the Roman military set up camp and market there. The swampy area slowly became a pasture, and in 1604, Henry IV forced Lyon's city council to acquire it for a public square – a court trial ensued, and the square didn't take shape until 1708, when Louis the XIV took ownership of it. He named it Place Louis-le-Grand and a bronze statue of him was placed in the middle. Half a century later, the French Revolution destroyed the royal statue and replaced it with an altar dedicated to liberty, as well as a guillotine. It was renamed Place Bonaparte, and later Place Napoleon. In 1825, however, a new statue of Louis XIV was reinstated in the plaza, which still remains.
Reasons to Recommend: Cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste is located on the banks of the Saône River. It was built in 1180 and lasted for three centuries. The church is very old and has a high status. It has a history of nearly a thousand years and is both Romance and Gothic. It is said that the Archbishop of Lyon enjoys the status of chief archbishop, so his cathedral is named after the chief cathedral. The ceremony of the coronation of Pope John XXII was held here. In 1600, Henry IV and Queen Maria hosted a grand wedding ceremony here.
Reasons to Recommend: As early as 43 BC, the ancient Romans built a luxurious theater in Lyon. In the second century AD, tens of thousands of seats were added to the theater space, showing the grand scene of the theater performance at that time. Later, archaeologists in Lyon studied several times and reconstructed the stage structure that could enhance the acoustic effect. The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is a large and a small two-and-a-half amphitheatre. It is still well preserved. It is not only an unearthed cultural relic for tourists, but also performs performances such as concerts and operas from time to time.