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Lyon, France
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The Basilique Nôtre-Dame de Fourvière overlooks the city center from its hilltop esplanade. The neobyzantine church was commissioned in 1872 after God reputedly answered the prayers of Lyon's bishop Ginoulhiac, who had offered to build a church on the Fourvière hill if the Prussians were kept from invading Lyon after Napoleon's defeat in 1870.

The basilica celebrates and glorifies the Virgin Mary, and its richly decorated interior is an architectural confection of mosaics, gold leaf, marble, and stained glass. The Fourvière basilica has attracted pilgrims and tourists since its consecration in 1896, and it remains one of the most visited churches in France.

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