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Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon)
11 Tours en activiteiten

The oldest Roman theater in France, Lyon’s Ancient Theatre of Fourvière was built under the orders of Augustus and expanded in Hadrian’s time. Completed in 17 B.C. with space for 10,000 people, today the Grand Theatre is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lyon.

Restored in the 20th century, the ancient theater is now used to stage popular cultural events such as the summertime Nuits de Fourvière festival, where dance, opera and circus performers play alongside international music acts like Franz Ferdinand.

Situated on Fourvière Hill near the Notre Dame Basilica, from the theater you can also see the grand remains of the Odeon of Lyon, with its beautiful inlaid floor of marble and porphyry. Forming a pair with the main theater, the Odeon was built early in the second century with space for 3,000 people. Behind the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, you can also visit the remains of an ancient Roman temple, dedicated in 160 A.D. to goddess Cybele.

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)
19 Tours en activiteiten

A gleaming retro-Byzantine confection of Roman columns and religious iconography, the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is visible, by design, from almost anywhere in Lyon. Today it is the symbol of the city and Lyon's most visited attraction, well worth the climb just to enter the outrageous interior.

Completed in 1896 as a challenge to secular forces then gaining power in France (like Sacré-Coeur Montmartre), the basilica's gleaming marble, gold gilt, fantastic stained glass, and borderline hallucinogenic ceiling are meant to impress. And they do.

In addition to the basilica and an adjacent chapel dedicated to a particularly miraculous Virgin Mary, both free to the public, this site also offers an observatory, museum, and fantastic views.

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Chamonix Alpine Museum (Le Musee Alpin)
1 tour en activiteit

Het alpinemuseum in Chamonix is gevestigd in een voormalig paleis uit het begin van de 20ste eeuw. Het toont de ontwikkeling van het toerisme in de stad vanaf de komst van de eerste gasten om de gletsjers te bewonderen tot aan de bouw van de eerste liften. Er is een grote collectie afbeeldingen die laten zien hoe het dal van de 18de tot 20ste eeuw is veranderd, toen bergtoerisme steeds populairder werd. Bezoekers treffen er ook foto’s , reliëfplattegronden, rotskristallen, oude objecten en kostuums aan.

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