Highlights from a Day Trip in Lyon, France (3/3)

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière stands like a giant on top of the Fourvière hill overlooking the entire Lyon. It is a must-go during a visit to Lyon not only because of its spectacular appearance, rich history, but also of the must-see panorama viewed from the highest point of the city. It was the highlight of my trip to Lyon.

Giant on a hill — Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon

 

The basilica was built in the late 19th century dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whom people believed saved the city from the Black Death, Prussian invasion and many other incidents. The basilica featured four main towers and a bell tower, designed with Romanesque and Byzantine architectural styles with very rich details. When I first saw the basilica, I was stunned. While the outside was impressive, the interior was just as breathtaking: the ceilings, walls and the floor were decorated with mosaics, gold and delicate carvings. Not to mention the marble columns, frescoes and statues, all meticulously done to make a pure masterpiece.

Among many stunning cathedrals and basilicas in Europe, this giant basilica on top of the Fourvière is one sure to be remembered for a long time.


一日飽覽里昂風光

富維耶聖母聖殿是里昂的標誌,像個巨人佇立在富維耶山山頂,是到里昂的必游之地,不單因為聖殿壯觀宏偉、歷史悠久,也因富維耶山是里昂的最高點,整個城市在此一覽無遺,實在不能錯過。

富維耶聖母聖殿 — 佇立在山頂的巨人

富維耶聖母聖殿建於十九世紀末,顧名思義就是用來紀念聖母的。相傳聖母瑪利亞守護着這個城市,在好幾次災禍中保護了里昂,如使其免於黑死病,普法戰爭期間又免了普魯士軍隊的入侵,所以里昂人便建了聖殿紀念聖母。聖殿共有四個主塔一個鐘樓,建築具強烈羅馬式和拜占庭風格,精雕細琢,美侖美奐。內部建築同樣精緻,且非常華麗,天花、牆壁、地板以馬賽克、黃金和精細雕刻來裝飾,到處還有大理石柱,壁畫、雕像,讓人嘆為觀止。

歐洲許多大教堂和聖殿都讓人印象深刻,里昂的富維耶聖母聖殿便美得震撼人心,值得再訪。