Lyon during the Resistance Guided tours

Next departure on 23/04/2023 at 10:00

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Jean Moulin and the Armée des Ombres (Army of Shadows)

Follow the footsteps of Jean-Moulin and the major figures of the French Resistance in Lyon. Along a route that will take you from Place des Terreaux to the maze of narrow streets, stairways and traboules (hidden passageways) on the slopes of Croix- Rousse hill, and then across the Presqu’île district, you will understand better why and how the Resistance networks made Lyon their base.

Thanks to its strategic geographical location, on the edge of the Demarcation line, Lyon became the centre of the largest region of the Resistance. It lived under the Vichy regime between two German occupations.

What was Jean Moulin’s role? Who were the main figures of the various movements? What were the different forms of resistance, which involved elected representatives, members of the army, the press and clandestine printing works, as well as intellectuals and religious movements? You will learn the answers to all these questions.

The situation of Jews in Lyon is discussed with the roundups that took place on Rue Sainte-Catherine and the surrounding area, anti-Jewish laws and the role of the militia.
What were the daily lives of the city’s residents like during the war, with food rations, curfews, secrecy and denunciations?

This fascinating tour, which takes a look back at anonymous and famous heroes, ends on the banks of the Saône, by the law courts where Klaus Barbie faced trial.

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Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
This tour is suitable for ages 14 and above.
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 A > Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel

Meeting point

Place des Terreaux, in front of the Bartholdi fountain - Lyon 1st

Adults €13.00
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children under 8 Free
statue de Jacquard, place de la Croix-Rousse

A historic trial in Lyon

The highly-publicised trial of Klaus Barbie, head of the Gestapo in Lyon, was held from 11 May to 3 July 1987, in the law courts of Vieux-Lyon. Videos of the trial can be seen at the Resistance and Deportation History Centre of Lyon.

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