The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon. It was built with private funds between 1884 in a dominant position overlooking the city; the site it occupies was once the Roman forum of the forum vetus, thus its name. Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to whom is attributed the salvation of the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague that swept Europe in 1643; each year in early December, Lyon thanks the Virgin for saving the city by lighting candles throughout the city, in what is called the Fête des Lumières or the Festival of Lights. The Virgin is credited with saving the city a number of other times, such as from a Cholera epidemic in 1832, from Prussian invasion in 1870. During the Franco-Prussian War, Prussian forces, having taken Paris, were progressing south towards Lyon, their halt and retreat were, once again, attributed by the Church to the intercession of the Virgin Mary. Speculating on the reasons for the construction of such an elaborate and expensive building, one author makes the statement that: "The reaction to the communes of Paris and Lyon were triumphalist monuments, the Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre and the basilica of Fourvière, dominating both cities.
These buildings were erected with private funds, as gigantic ex-votos, to thank God for victory over the socialists and in expiation of the sins of modern France."Perched on top of the Fourvière hill, the basilica looms impressively over the city of Lyon, from where it can be seen from many vantage points. The Basilica, which offers guided tours and contains a Museum of Sacred Art, receives 2 million visitors annually. At certain times, members of the public may access the basilica's north tower for a spectacular 180-degree view of Lyon and its suburbs. On a clear day, Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe, can be seen in the distance; the design of the basilica, by Pierre Bossan, draws from both Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, two non-Gothic models that were unusual choices at the time. It has four main towers, a belltower topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, it features fine mosaics, superb stained glass, a crypt of Saint Joseph. Fourvière contains two churches, one on top of the other.
The upper sanctuary is ornate, while the lower is a much simpler design. Work on the triumphant basilica was begun in 1872 and finished in 1884. Finishing touches in the interior were not completed until as late as 1964. Bossan's first sketches for the basilica seem to date from 1846. At the time he was in Palermo; the basilica has acquired the local nickname of "the upside-down elephant", because the building looks like the body of an elephant and the four towers look like its legs. Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, The Children's Choir of Saint Mark, is the official choir of the Basilica; this choir become well known after the release of the film Les Choristes. The choir's Director is Monsieur Nicolas Porte. Since 1982 the tower has housed the antennas of Radio Fourvière, the predecessor of Radios chrétiennes francophones. Fourvière has always been a popular place of pilgrimage. There has been a shrine at Fourvière dedicated to Our Lady since 1170; the chapel and parts of the building have been rebuilt at different times over the centuries, the most recent major works being in 1852 when the former steeple was replaced by a tower surmounted by a golden statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by Joseph-Hugues Fabisch.
On 23 July 1816 twelve Marist aspirants and seminarians, climbed the hill to the shrine of Our Lady of Fourvière and placed their promise to found the Society of Mary under the corporal on the altar while Jean-Claude Courveille celebrated Mass. On 21 January 1851, Peter Julian Eymard prayed at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fourvière and was inspired to found the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament; when the city of Lyon was spared in the Franco-Prussian War, the community committed to build the present Basilica alongside the ancient chapel. Parc des Hauteurs Three hares – an architectural icon and religious symbol used in the basilica. Credited for architectural work within the monumental edifice is Louis Jean Perrin the father-in-law of Paul Claudel. Bossan was his père nourricier. Picture of Statue atop the Chapelle de la Vierge Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière Website
Hollywood Township is a township in Carver County, United States. The population was 1,102 as of the 2000 census. Hollywood Township was organized in 1860, named after the holly bush; the town hall is featured in the cover art and as the album title for The Jayhawks third studio album, Hollywood Town Hall. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles, of which 36.0 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. Campbell Lake Lippert Lake Woodland Township, Wright County Franklin Township, Wright County Watertown Township Camden Township Bergen Township, McLeod County Winsted Township, McLeod County Victor Township, Wright County Oster The township contains Saint John's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Minnesota State Highway 7 As of the census of 2000, there were 1,102 people, 371 households, 307 families residing in the township; the population density was 30.6 people per square mile. There were 382 housing units at an average density of 10.6/sq mi.
The racial makeup of the township was 98.55% White, 0.27% African American, 0.73% Asian, 0.36% from other races, 0.09% from two or more races. There were 371 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 17.0% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.26. In the township the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.4 males. The median income for a household in the township was $52,833, the median income for a family was $58,000. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $27,262 for females.
The per capita income for the township was $22,664. About 2.3% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. United States National Atlas United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles United States Board on Geographic Names
In Your Face is the second album by the band Kingdom Come. Two singles were released in support of the album, both becoming minor hits in the UK: "Do You Like It" and "Overrated"; the band was due to tour the UK, supporting WASP, shortly after release of the second single, but split up before the tour commenced. A third single "Stargazer" was pressed, but never released; the 12" and CD single versions of "Do You Like It", includes the unreleased "Slow Down". In an interview, the band's members talk about the title of the album, saying that when you first look at the LP, you read "Kingdom Come" as you move your eyes downwards, you read "In your face", they laugh and say: "Kingdom come... in your face, get it?", making an obscene joke or double entendre of it. "Do You Like It" – 3:40 "Who Do You Love" – 4:14 "The Wind" – 5:01 "Gotta Go" – 4:25 "Highway 6" – 5:51 "Perfect'O'" – 3:46 "Just Like a Wild Rose" – 4:32 "Overrated" – 4:03 "Mean Dirty Joe" – 4:09 "Stargazer" – 5:14 Lenny Wolf – lead vocals Danny Stag – lead guitar Rick Steier – rhythm guitar, lead guitar on "Overrated" keyboards Johnny B.