Due to the major renovations on Notre-Dame de Fourvière site, the treasure and the permanent collections are no longer exposed to the general public eye.

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A great name of the 19th century goldsmith: Armand-Calliat

Among many goldsmiths of the 19th century represented by treasury coins, Armand-Calliat is one of the most important in the history of Fourvière. This goldsmith from Lyon meets the architect of the basilica, Pierre Bossan, in 1867. Their friendship opens the way to an original artistic approach that wants to emancipate the neo-Gothic patterns of the time, when the artwork is designed as the manifestation of a religious thought.

Through their creations, they express a theological idea and make an act of faith. The monstrance of Fourvière is one of the most explicit examples of this ideal. The decoration of the monstrance, whose function is to contain a host and show it to the faithful so that they come to adore Christ among them, will bring to light the reality of this coming. The monstrance is a poem at Epiphany, that is to say at the manifestation of God. At the foot, the three wise men and a shepherd represent the humanity coming to adore Christ made man.

They are preceded by the four evangelists, who announce the Good News. In the center, Mary introduces her son to the world. It supports the host, surrounded by the chorus of angels moving in the midst of the cosmos, who eternally sing the glory of God.