One of the most beautiful Basilica's in France.
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  2. 8 Pl. de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France
  3. +33478251301
  5. Working hours*:
    Grids: 7:00 - 22:30
    Basilica: 7:00 - 19:00
    Gardens: 7:00 - 21:30 in winter and until 23:00 in summer
  6. * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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This summer, the Fourvière Foundation offers all visitors and pilgrims to entrust their wishes to Notre-Dame de Fourvière.


This summer, the Fourvière Foundation invites all visitors and pilgrims to come and entrust their wishes to Notre-Dame de Fourvière. This approach is part of the history of the site and perpetuates the attachment of a whole city to the Virgin Mary. People are invited to come and tie a ribbon to the branches of the olive trees, which are installed on the esplanade.


The ribbons are available in the shop and the Pavilion d’Accueil with a suggested offer of € 2. The donations collected are dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of the Notre-Dame de Fourvière site.

 "The gardens allow the soul to rise above the vain sounds of the city."

Their name comes from the Rosary prayer, a meditation dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the life of Christ. From the Latin ecclesiastic rosarium, it designates a custom which consists in placing crowns of roses on the heads of virgins.

In the gardens, small bronze roses indicate the steps of the rosary prayer. In the years 1950-1960, they replaced the fifteen stations of the mysteries of the Rosary which had been inaugurated in 1864.

The steles of the Chemin de Croix from the 19th century created by the sculptor Fabisch and the architect Bossan were moved to the square in front of the basilica in 1993.

The gardens include many species of trees and plants (sycamores, acacias, black pines, spruces, larches, lime trees …). The garden of roses, on three terraces, hosts a collection of old roses.

Inaugurated in 1864, the Rosary Gardens consist of 1400 meters of paths that were redeveloped in the 1990s by Michel-Antoine Boyer, urban architect and Sylvie Maniaque, geographer. Nowadays they cover nearly 5 acres.


From the other side of the decor to the exceptional view, visit behind-the-scenes of the basilica.

To walk on the roofs of the basilica with Lyon at one’s feet. To be intimate with the clouds and admire a breathtaking view. Taking the guided tour is to share a unique moment and have a different view on the basilica and its history.

You will be able to admire the hidden places of the basilica : the large gallery from which you will discover the magnificence of the interior decorations, the architects’ study, the gallery of the Caryatid angels, the bell tower, the St Michael’s terrace, and the observatory tower.

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