Lyon's historical Palais de Justice reveals its secrets...
Following four years of renovation, discover this architectural jewel by Louis-Pierre Baltard, Lyon's historical Palais de Justice.
Entering via its imposing façade with its 24 columns, you will discover and understand this focal point housing the court of appeal and the assizes on the same site where justice has been dispensed since the tenth century.
An exceptional opportunity to wander through the building's main concourse, the court rooms used every day by magistrates and lawyers.
The very place where several of the most importtant trials in French history have been conducted.
Visit exclusively proposed by ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions.
Tour provided by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès's tour guides
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Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary online or at
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity.
Limited access visit requiring names of all participants. Please bring ID.
Covid-19: in order to protect your health and that of residents, this tour is temporarily unavailable
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation
Guided tour on foot
Metro D > Vieux-Lyon
At the foot of the Palais de Justice' steps, quai Romain-Rolland, Lyon 5th
30 anthusiastic guides : an unprecedented offer indeed!
Tourism Professionals | Group of people
All I need is a sturdy pair of shoes and a good hat, and I'm ready to take you on a "voyage through our city" I'll be delighted to take you on a discovery tour of our "landmark" sights as well as my own favourites.
In other words, I'd like to help you gain insight into the soul of our city! And on the way, I'll tell you all about the history and art of our UNESCO-listed capital.
During tours, people often ask me if I'm a student. I'm too old for that. I'm a historian without the qualifications. I'm an architect without the diploma. But I was born in Lyon, and I enjoy helping members of the public discover this city which is a lot more than just a row of lovely façades.
You have to get a feel for the substance of the past, the depth of roots, the art of construction, the relation with light, the appeal of good food, one's relationship with a site, and the diversity of the different areas.
What you see counts of course, but as far as I'm concerned, a tour is only successful when people have had a good time, when I've managed, throughout the tour, to take them behind the scenes, to give them a sense of how people lived in those days and how we live in the city today.
I'm often delighted to hear people say they want to come back and spend more time here.
I started out by working as a lecturing guide for a travel agency for 7 years. Then I decided to settle permanently and resumed my initial job as a guide in my hometown.
I have a passion for History, and the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in particular, and the history of art, and therefore particularly enjoy being in this city which boasts several centuries of history.
I love good food, and really blossom in this capital of gastronomy, where good food is part of local culture. So I quite naturally took an interest in the history of food and chefs.
So many passions I intend to share with you during your next visit.
Kind regards from Lyon!
"Look and listen to the stones of my city".
Teaching people to look, telling stories, making sense of things, that's mainly what motivates me in my job.
My own personal story has mainly unfolded in Lyon, which I have proudly seen blossom over the past decades.
Sharing with visitors from all over the world -I speak English and German- the beauty of my city is a great pleasure to me, and an honour. But what I also like is talking to the locals themselves, while helping them understand the specific characteristics of their area.
How lucky I am to have been able to study the history of art and archaeology in Lyon. It's magic! From the Roman theatres to the Musée des Confluences, past, present and future combine in beauty and harmony, just like the gold, silver and silk threads woven by the canuts.
Let's set out for a spot of "trabouling" with Rabelais' ghost, who will lead us from Hôtel-Dieu to the wealthy homes of the merchant bankers in Vieux-Lyon, stopping at inns, bouchons or star-rated restaurants on the way…
Let your eyes feast on the golden light that's worthy of Italy, and gilds the slopes of Croix-Rousse on summer evenings as you stroll along the embankment amid the seagulls and boats.
I love this city because life is so sweet here, and I love telling visitors all about it, as the enthusiastic urbanist in me sees the city as a living organism.
When seeking to share Lyon's heritage with people, I like to broach the question from the viewpoint of technical skills and know-how, and even economy, whether it's architecture and town planning, or vineyards and gastronomy.
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