3 Churches to explore in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes administrative region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the centre and east of the south of France. It is a collection of regions of diverse topographies, climates, natural resources, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages.
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption is a Gothic cathedral located in Clermont-Ferrand. It was built in 1248 in the center of the city of Clermont, the historic capital of Auvergne. It replaced a Romanesque cathedral located in the same place which itself had been preceded by two other Christian shrines. The cathedral is built at the top of the central hillock which forms the old center of Clermont-Ferrand.
Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located on Place Saint-Jean in Lyon, France. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. The cathedral was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, the first two bishops of Lyon. Each December, Lyon holds an annual Festival of Lights.
The Basilica Notre-Dame of Fourvière is the work of the architects Pierre Bossan and Sainte-Marie Perrin. The basilica is at the top of “the hill which prays”. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is listed as a historical monument, registered to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, considered as the emblem of the city of Lyon, the basilica welcomes over 2.5 million pilgrims and visitors each year. One of the famous tourist and pilgrimage centres in this area.