Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière was built at the end of the 19th century by Architect Pierre Bossan and the building honours the Virgin Mary, who represented at the top of the Basilica, construction began in 1872 and Finished in 1896, the Basilica is flanked by four octagonal towers.

Virgin Mary helped the city of Lyon from the Black Death and swept through Europe in 1643, and every year on the 8th of December, Lyon thanks the Virgin Mary by lighting candles, known as the Festival of Lights. You can have one amazing and beautiful view of Lyon by climbing the 287 steps to the Basilica Observatory.

Since 1982 the tower has housed the antennas of Radio Fourvière, the predecessor of Radios chrétiennes francophones.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is an ancient site, now part of the Historic Site of Lyons World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1998.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière Photography by flickr user: Alberto Bizzini

Telephone: +33 4 78 25 13 01 | Official Website |

How to get there

  • Walking: From Saint Jean: take the rise of the chazeaux then climb St. Bartholomew, then enter the garden of the Rosary on your right and climb to the basilica. From St Paul: take the climb St Bartholomew and go up to Fourvière.
  • Funicular: The nearest Funicular is the Fourvière, service ‘F2’, from there it’s literally a two-minute walk if that.

Opening Hours

Monday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission

Free Entry

Information

  • Architects: Pierre Bossan, Louis Sainte-Marie-Perrin
  • Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture
  • Opened: 1872
  • Dedication: Virgin Mary
  • Recommended Duration: 2 hours

Location

Address: 8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France  |  Coordinates: 45°45′45″N 4°49′21″E

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Guinigi Tower

Guinigi Tower

The Guinigi Tower is the most important tower in Lucca and one of the few remaining towers around the city walls, the Guinigi is an impressive 44.25 meters high tower that used to be the residence of one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Tuscany during 1300’s. The Towers was used for protection and defensive purposes, Lucca had around 170 towers during the middle Ages however only a few towers survived the last 700 years. The Guinigi Tower is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

The Tower stands at 44.25 meters high and at the top of the tower you will see a hanging garden where large centuries-old holm oaks have been planted, you can reach the top of the tower after climbing 230 steps, however, the panorama view of Lucca from the top of the tower is well worth the trip. The ancient trees are holm oaks symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

From the 13th Century the Guinigi Family, who were rich merchants and a leading family of the town, concentrated their mansions between Sant’Andrea and via Guinigi, which preserved its medieval appearance intact. The Tower of Guinigi was built out of brick with mullioned three lights and four light windows, and coat of arms, cornices, and plaques of the family was decorated on to the tower. The Tower was restored and reopened in the 1980’s.

The Guinigi Tower was donated to the local government, Lucca Town Council, by the descendants of the Guinigi Family.

Guinigi Tower
Guinigi Tower Photography by flickr user:barbara steele

Telephone: +39 0583 48090 | Official Website |

How to get there:

  • By Train: The nearest train station is the Lucca Station, situated on Piazzale Bettino Ricasoli Road, 900-meter, 11 minutes walk from the Guinigi Tower.
  • By Bus: the nearest bus stop is situated on via Santa Croce, bus service: LAM ROSSA, then a 3-minute walk up to  Via Angelo Custode and left on to Via Sant’Andrea. 
  • By Foot: The Guinigi Tower is located only 5 minutes away from the St Martin Cathedral and 5 minutes away from Villa Bottini.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Admission

Ticket Type Full Price Reduced Price
Single Ticket €4.00 €3.00
Cumulative ticket €6.00 €4.00
Children under 6 years old Free Entry

Note: Tickets reduced for groups over 10 people accompanied by a guide, Children between the age of 6 and 14 years old and students, required to provide a suitable card. 

Free Entry to Disabled with a guide, schools of the Municipality of Lucca and students for study reasons with Authorization. 

Animals are not allowed.

Information

  • Architectural style: Romanesque architecture
  • Province: Province of Lucca
  • 44.5 meter high
  • Recommended Duration: 30 minutes

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Guinigi Tower Photography by flickr user:leiris202

Location

Address: Via Sant’Andrea, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy

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British Museum

The British Museum situated in the Bloomsbury area of London, Museum opened on 15th of January 1759 and was the world’s first national Museum to be open to the public, anyone can visit the museum and look at strange and wonderful objects that were collected from all over the world and now has a collection size of over 8 million objects, you can find objects from all the continents and documents that tell a beautiful story of human cultures from its beginnings to the present.

The Montagu House has been home to the British Museum since its opening, over the two and a half centuries it has expanded due to the expanding British colonization, which resulted into creation of several branch institutions, one of the first was the British Museum of Natural history in South Kensington in 1881 however it is now called Natural History Museum and separated from the British Museum.

The British Library Act 1972 detached the library department from the British Museum, however, it continued to host the currently split British Library in the exact same Reading Room and construction as the memorial until 1997. The memorial is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport, and as with other national museums in the United Kingdom, it charges no admission fee, except for advance exhibitions. When the British Museum was started in 1759 it was the first national museum to be available to the public everywhere in the world.

In the past few decades, there were campaigns by other states who desire a few of their historical treasures returned. Nevertheless, the British Museum remains among the world’s most popular attractions.

The most recent issue was regarding the Elgin Marbles, and who has the legal right to own it. A campaign was made by Greece to have the sculptures return to Athens to allow all the surviving sculptures to be reunited.

The galleries are divided by location and periods in history: Ancient Iran, Greece, China from 5000 BC onwards, Ancient Rome Britain and so forth and in case you are overwhelmed with the choice, follow one of the free 20 second spotlight tours directed by the guides each Friday, or check out one of the free displays dedicated to a particular theme or works of art. There are daily free activities for children, too, such as crafts, action paths and digital workshops, ideal when there is a homework project that has to be fired by inspiration.

Before entering the British Museum you may get searched especially if you are caring big luggage, due to security reasons rucksacks, packages, and individual items can be searched. Wheeled cases and large items are not allowed on British Museum assumptions. You can store luggage and other items inside any major rail station, such as Euston, King’s Cross and Charing Cross.

 

British Museum in London
Photography by flickr user: Paul J

 

Telephone: 020 7323 8299 | Official Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

How to get there

  • By Bus: Bus Services that go near the British Museum: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 Stop on New Oxford Street, 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 stop near Northbound on Tottenham Court Road and 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188 sop near Southampton Row.
  • By Bike: There are bike racks inside the Museum gates on Great Russell Street.
  • By Car: The Museum is within the Congestion Charge zone. More Information about the Congestion Zone
  • Underground Stations: nearest stations are Tottenham Court Road and Holborn, 500meters away, Russell Square and Goodge Street, 800 meters away.
  • By Coach: Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking on Montague Place.
  • By Foot: The British Museum is 20 minutes away from the Trafalgar Square and 52 minutes away from The Shard by foot.

Special Exhibitions

Living with gods: peoples, places, and worlds beyond

  • 2 November 2017 – 8 April 2018

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia

  • 14 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

Free Exhibitions

A physician’s cabinet: Sir Hans Sloane’s practices of collecting and cataloguing and Sidney Nolan centenary: Back of beyond

  • Until 11 January 2018

On violence and beauty: Reflections on war

  • Until 21 January 2018

The business of prints

  • Until 28 January 2018

Living histories: Recent acquisitions of works on paper by contemporary Arab artists

  • Until 4 February 2018

The currency of communism

  • Until 18 March 2018

British Museum is a Free Museum however special Exhibitions are priced differently depending on the exhibition

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Museum has a collection size of around 8 Million objects.

 

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Location

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

 

Tower of London

tower of london

The Tower of London is one of the most well-known attractions in London, It houses the Crown Jewels and has been a part of numerous significant events in British History, tourists all around the world eager to see and learn more about the tower, Its myths and Legends. through the years the Tower of London became interchangeable as a national symbol of power and royalty. Tower of London is officially named Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London.

The Tower was founded towards the end of 1066, as part of the Norman Conquest of England. Stunning White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the castle was used as a prison and royalty living premises. The Tower is a complex of different building that has two concentric rights of defensive walls and a moat.  it situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the area is known as the Tower Hill.

The Brief History of the Tower of London

William the Conqueror and the Normans Invaded England in September 1066 and built a castle out of Timber, known as the Bailey castle, which was built on the same location as the Current Tower of London and In 1078 William the Conqueror replaced the old timber tower with a stone fortified tower, which was called the Great Tower however it was later renamed the White Tower and was constructed in 1097.

The Tower of London was used as a Prison and in 1100, the first recorded state prisoner was imprisoned in the tower of London, and in 1191 the Tower saw its very first siege, when Prince John opposed the powerful Bishop Longchamp and sieged the tower of London and only after three days, the siege came to an end and Bishop Longchamp Surrendered.

In 1210 King John moved into the Tower and between 1216 and 1272 additional defenses were added to the tower of London as King Henry the 3rd took up the crown as the new king, he went on to reinforce the royal castles, which included the Tower of London, number of expansions happened such as the Royal Accommodations in the White Tower and rebuilt the Hall and the Kitchens, In 1236 ten new towers and gateways as well as drawbridges were added to increase further defences however after the death of the KingHenry III , King Edward the first continued to build the castle adding new towers and the Crown Jewels were moved from Westminster Abbey to the Tower.

During the 1400’s England entered the period of civil disorder and political instability which started the Wars of the Roses and In 1483 Richard the 3rd seized the throne and during the battle of Lancastrian rebellion rose against the Yorkist Richard and he fell in battle of Bosworth Field to Henry Tudor in 1485, later Henry VII ended the battle between the Yorkists and Lancastrians by marrying the Yorkist heir, known as Elizabeth of York, later Henry VII built the last permanent royal residential buildings at the Tower of London.

In 1512 King Henry VIII married Katherine of Aragon, in the original chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula was burned down and rebuilt, The roof of the White Tower needed to be strengthened due to the weight of the Cannons, The White Tower’s famous features are the onion-shaped domes on the turrets which were added with weather vanes. In 1533 King Henry divorced his wife Katherine and broke off with the Church in Rome and the tower had expanded its prison for a large number of religious and political prisoners. King Henry VIII executed Sir Thomas Moore and Bishop Fisher of Rochester because they refused to acknowledge him as the head of the English Church. After the death of Henry VIII in 1547, his young son, Edward V takes the throne later his protector, the Duke of Somerset and his confederates met their deaths at the tower and later Edward dies of tuberculosis, leaving the throne to the lady Jane and her heirs male, however after Lady Jane Grey becomes Queen, for only nine days. Bloody Mary takes the throne.

In 1625 Charles the first takes the throne but a civil war broke out between the King and Parliament, In 1643 the Tower of London was seized from the King, and taken by Parliamentarians, throughout the civil war which lasted 7 years the parliament had control of the tower, in that time they built a permanent garrison. Major improvements to the Tower’s defenses were made and batteries of guns were set in place along the walls and the arsenal was expanded.

The Monarchy no longer used the Tower as State apartments so showed little interest in the castle but in 1780 the Tower held its only American prisoner, former President of the Continental Congress, Henry Laurens.

The Royal Menagerie left the Lion Tower in 1834 to become the London Zoo. Lion Tower has mostly demolished however the Lion Gate still remains, however, the Grand Storehouse burned down during the great fire, many of weapons were destroyed. Anthony Salvin, a Victorian architect, was appointed in 1851 to ‘restore’ the Tower to a pseudo-medieval form so it could be opened to the public.

Tower of London
Tower of London Photography by flickr user: Paul

Telephone: 0844 482 7777 | Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

How to get there

  • By Car and Parking: Tower Hill is a vehicle free zone and there is no on-site parking facility.
  • By Train: The Closest Train Station is the Tower Hill and the Circle Lines, which are only 5 minutes walk away.
  • By Bicycle: you can find a Bicycle rack near the Perkin Reveller Restaurant on the Wharf.

 

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Note: During the holidays the opening hours may vary, please check the official website.

Admission

Ticket Type Price
Adult £21.50
Child £9.70
Concessions £16.40
Under 5 Years old Free Entry
Family 1 One Adult, 3 Children £38.30
Family 2 Two Adults, 3 Children £53.20

Please note that the prices may change after 28th of February 2018.

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Location

Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

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