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Mr. Selfish and I took the four-hour train from Paris to Lyon and stayed in Lyon for four days. There are two very beautiful churches in Lyon – the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

Upon our arrival in Lyon, we saw the Basilica from afar. It was nighttime and the Basilica was all lit up. Interestingly, Lyon has a miniature tower just like Paris. I didn’t tire of this view and kept photographing it in different light.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de FourvièreNight ShotCloudy DaySunny Day

On our first full day, we ventured around old town and visited the Basilica. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1884. The leisurely walk up hill to the Basilica took about 40 minutes. After we arrived at the top, I realized that we could have just taken the metro. Oh well, it was good exercise.

Still WalkingCloser to the BasilicaA Nice ViewGetting CloserMr. Selfish

The Basilica’s hilltop position lends itself to comparison with the Sacre Coeur in Paris. Although I find the Basilica to be very nice, it doesn’t really compare with the Sacre Coeur (but I may be a little biased).

The Basilica in SightClose UpRawr!The BasilicaThe Basilica and John Paul

Mr. Selfish and I also visited the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Construction was completed on the Cathédrale in 1476. Prior to the construction of the Basilica, it was the preeminent church in Lyon.

From AfarCathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de LyonStain GlassInside the Cathédrale

Mr. Selfish and I have seen our fair share of churches while in Europe, but I nevertheless still enjoy visiting them. Tomorrow, I’ll go over some of the other sights we saw in Lyon.