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Lyon Courthouse (Palais de Justice)

Take a guided tour of this fine example of neoclassical architecture to learn about the rich history of the French legal system.

The historic Lyon Courthouse is an icon of neoclassical design from the early 1800s. It is considered an architectural masterpiece with its many columns, steps and symmetrical elements giving it a stately feel. Capture photos of this immense structure that is responsible for upholding justice in the region and has hosted many famous trials over the years.

Take a romantic walk along La Saône River in the evening to see the courthouse illuminated in golden light. Note its grand features reflected majestically in the water. Take an individual or group tour of the historic structure in the afternoon to learn about its history and the important role it has played in the region’s justice system. The Appeals Court and the Assize Court, which is a type of criminal trial court, continue to take place here while other functions have shifted to another courthouse.

Appreciate the façade’s fluted columns, monumental staircase and Corinthian capitals. Architect L-P. Baltard designed the structure, which took a decade to build. Discover the Room of Lost Steps, an enormous hall with a 50-foot-high (15-meter) ceiling. It is named for the vain wait by people waiting for judgments. See the commemorative plaque in honor of Dr. Edmond Locard, who is considered a pioneer of criminal forensics.

Among the courthouse’s most high profile cases is the 1987 life imprisonment of Klaus Barbie, who was a member of the Gestapo during World War II.

The structure is also known as the “Palace of the Twenty-Four Columns” highlighting its neoclassical design. The site was built in 1835 on the same spot that several other courthouses have occupied since the 1400s.

The Lyon Courthouse stands on the west bank of La Saône River in the heart of the city. Its location, near the Quai Romain Holland, is close to many popular attractions, such as the Miniature Museum and Theater and the St. John the Baptist Cathedral. Take the metro or the city’s funicular system to the Vieux Lyon stop and walk north for a few minutes to reach the courthouse.


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Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon $103
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square, and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Confluence Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Part-Dieu - Servient Tram Stop is only a 5-minute walk and Palais de Justice - Mairie du 3eme Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

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    Cour des Loges

    6 rue du Boeuf, Lyon, Rhone
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Lyon hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Musée Gadagne and Lyon Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine) and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 10 minutes. Vieux Lyon Station and Lyon Saint Paul Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Grand Hotel Des Terreaux $117
      Grand Hotel Des Terreaux

      Grand Hotel Des Terreaux

      16 Rue Lanterne, Lyon, Rhone
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Citadines Presqu'île Lyon $73
        Citadines Presqu'île Lyon

        Citadines Presqu'île Lyon

        2 Rue Thomassin, Lyon, Rhone
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Lyon Cathedral, and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Lyon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Cordeliers Bourse Station is 5 minutes by foot and Bellecour Station is 5 minutes.

          Staycity Aparthotels Rue Garibaldi $63
          Staycity Aparthotels Rue Garibaldi

          Staycity Aparthotels Rue Garibaldi

          365 rue Garibaldi, (Entrance) 40 rue Camille Roy, Lyon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Fourvière Hôtel Lyon $131
            Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

            Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

            23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Theatres of Fourviere, Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine), and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Lyon Cathedral and Bellecour Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 14 minutes by foot and Gorge de Loup Station is 20 minutes.

              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel $142
              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

              Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

              4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Lyon Opera. Lyon Cathedral and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 15 minutes. Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.

                OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette $100
                OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

                OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

                14 bis, quai General Sarrail, Lyon, Rhone
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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