Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Fabulous mosaics and stained-glass windows
The pinnacle of Eclecticism
Although the history of the basilica dates back to the 12th century, the one we know today was not built until the late 19th century and was privately financed. Notre-Dame de Fourvière displays an eclectic style that includes the best of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine architecture, thereby establishing itself as a work of art. Designed by architect Pierre Bossan, it is truly impressive both from the outside (thanks to its many statues and religious symbols) and from the inside, with rich decoration consisting of mosaics, stained glass windows and columns that rise to heaven: the graphical definition of horror vacui. It also houses the famous crypt of St. Joseph. You can get here via cable car or even on foot, but be aware that the climb is a bit hard. You will, however, be rewarded with a splendid view of the city.