The top of the hill is divided into three main quarters: Fourvière, Saint-Just and Saint-Irénée, and Montauban. Monuments from the Roman period, at the archeological site and the Gallo-roman museum, can be found here as well as religious monuments of the XVI and XVIII centuries, several churches, a crucifix and a basilica. This is the reason why Fourvière is called ‘the hill that prays’.
In the year 43 BC the hill of Fourvière was the birthplace of a Roman colony which slowly evolved towards the Saône river and the Peninsula.
There are still some medieval houses and narrow roads left over from the Middle Ages towards the top (west) of the rue des Macchabées.
Convent building from the XVI to XVIII centuries contributed to the interesting number of monuments that are part of the “hill that prays”.