France Interior of the basilica of Fourviere

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Frédéric Monin

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Notre-Dame of Fourviere basilica overlooks the city of Lyon from the top of the Fourviere hill since the end of the nineteenth century.
It is built from the chapel of St. Thomas, place of devotion St. Thomas and the Blessed Virgin. Following a vow in 1642 to avoid an epidemic of plague in Lyon, an annual pilgrimage is formed. In the nineteenth century, a statue of Mary was erected on the raised and strengthened steeple of the chapel and the proposal to build a basilica is accepted, both to accommodate more and more visitors than to thank the protection of Lyon during the French war -prussian of 1870.
Its neo-Byzantine or Romanesque-Byzantine style architecture is the work of Pierre Bossan.
Remaining private property, the basilica obtained at the end of the twentieth century official recognition of its status as a monument to Lyon. The building is listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments on September 26, 1977; then it is recognized of public utility on October 15, 1998, just before its inscription with the world heritage on December 5 of the same year, under the Historic Site of Lyon. Finally, on March 25, 2014, it is classified as a historical monument.
The basilica is one of the most visible landmarks of the agglomeration, and one of the symbols of the city of Lyon. It gives Lyon its status as as "Marian city". About two million tourists are welcomed each year in the basilica. The basilical complex includes not only the edifice, the St. Thomas Chapel and the statue, but also the panoramic esplanade, the Rosary Garden and the Archbishopric of Lyon.
For all the photographer, a site of this basilica is very beautiful, between there history, all the all feasible (and original) compositions.

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