When it comes to places to be seen, Lyon is not far behind from all the other big cities in France. The attractions in Lyon are quite many and they are among the best in the country. One of these is the Basilique de Fourviere that has an esplanade nearby, which offer a great view of the city's sights.
The Basilique de Fourviere was constructed by architect Pierre Bossan between the years 1872 and 1884. Nicknamed the “upside-down elephant”, the basilica is known to represent the eclecticism of the 19th century's end. The influences of the Orient and the Neo-classic are apparent on the columned porticas and twisted columns. These are mixed with the architecture that has been inspired by the style of the medieval period with its machicolated towers, creating a fortress church. Being one of the greatest attractions in Lyon, the basilica has an observatory that provides magnificent views. Under the basilica, a crypt could also be seen, which could be accessed from the esplanade.