What to do when visiting Lyon? Fourvière Hill, praying hill, is a great place to start. Here are the points of interest and brief description of their respective history.


The area is famous for its slopes known as montée. So instead of taking the public transport, I walked from Vieux Lyon (old town).

Path from old town (vieux Lyon), 5th district. Location: Montée du Change

The walk was 1.1km, per google it’s a 20min walk. But hey, I took lots of photos, so it turned into an 1 hour stroll. In case you’re interested in doing this too, the longest staircase route is Montée des Carmes-Déchaussées, 798 steps (technically, it’s 2 montée in one, because half way it joins up with Montée Nicolas de Lange)


Please note that it is possible to go up to Fourvière Hil with a bus or funiclar from Vieux Lyon metro station.


Here are some photos of what was spotted between the old town and up the hill. I particularly liked the golden roses path. It made me felt like a pilgrim 😛

**Click on photos to view the caption. Remember to always look back 😉

Golden roses can be found on the path around 100m from the cathedral. They line up and lead to the church. **BTW, this photo may look like nothing, but I’d like to share that it took a STRONG uphill squat to capture this photos.

Once reached the top of the hill, you’ll spot some binoculars and a bunch of selfie taking people LOL I didn’t have my wide angle lens on me, but here’s the view on a cloudy, winter’s day. My photo really does not do it justice.

I think I was shivering quite a bit. Lot of my photos were off focus. It was a cold, cold day.
Selfie taking tourists spotted!

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

8 Place de Fourvière, Lyon 69005

Free entry.

UNESCO world heritage site

Architecture style: Romanesque and ByzantineBasilique de Fourvière is a gorgeous sanctuary on top of the hill. It was consecrated on 16th June 1896 (building began 1872). The opulent Byzantine interior design gave this cathedral a highly unusual look. The amount of mosaic that’s going on alone makes it worthy of a visit.La-Basilique-Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière-9928The late pope, John Paul II, has visited this cathedral in 1986. During his visit, he attracted 1 million people to the streets of Lyon. To put things in perspective, Lyon has a population of 1.7m in year 2017. Can you imagine the chaos back in 1986?

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière – 100% mosaic ceiling. This UNESCO site does not joke around. The floor and the walls are also covered in mosaic. I thought I’d throw in this photo, in case you have doubt whether this was worth a visit.
There’s a church within the church. This photo was taken under the cathedral. The crypt was huge. Half the room alone housed +/-400 single chairs!

Ancient Theater of Fourvière

17 Rue Cléberg, Lyon 69005

Free entry.

Lyon was founded in 43BC by the Romans. Lyon was France earliest Roman capital. Anyone as surprised as me? Back then Lyon was called Lugdunum. Anyways, the “ruin” is now used for an annual event called Les Nuits de Fourvière. This summer art/music festival has been around since 1946 with 100k+ people showing up for this festival.

Has anyone been? How was it?

Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation

17 Rue Cléberg, Lyon 69005

Yup, this museum is inside a hill.

This museum is next to the ruins. I did not visit this museum myself. I cannot comment on the exhibition quality. I mention this because it is next door to the ruins and it only make sense to make this part of the itinerary if you’re already heading this way.EUR 7 / adult. Please visit their official site for the most updated price and opening hours: http://www.museegalloromain.grandlyon.com/Lyon-Fourviere/Infos-pratiques

Crowd expectation

Over 2 million people visit Fourvière hill every year. It is nothing crazy like Notre Dame de Paris 13+ millions visitors per year.

Historical information source



Camera: Canon 5D mark 3, lens EF 50mm 1.8, Samsung A5

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Salut, I am Joyce. 40 something living in Paris. Appreciate little things and share giggles. Prudent, no nonsense reviews. #ExploreLaughRepeat


  1. That photo of the path in Montée is so great! You must have gotten such a workout walking around.
    The Golden roses would be such a fun game to play to spot them.
    The ceilings are so ornate in the Basilique de Fourvière – I would hurt my neck staring up.

  2. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. My favourite was the church inside the church.

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