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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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Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu $276
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 8 minutes.

    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts $92
    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

    73-75, Rue du President Edouard Herriot, Lyon, Rhone
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 5 minutes.

      Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel $165
      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, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.

        Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot $45
        Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

        Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

        7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, Lyon
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier, and Jean Moulin University. Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centre Berthelot Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Jean Mace Station is 6 minutes.

          Hotel Silky by HappyCulture $107
          Hotel Silky by HappyCulture

          Hotel Silky by HappyCulture

          2 Place Francisque Regaud, Lyon, Rhone
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Bellecour Square and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station is 7 minutes.

            Fourvière Hôtel Lyon $128
            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 and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 15 minutes by foot and Gorge de Loup Station is 20 minutes.

              Hôtel Elysée $85
              Hôtel Elysée

              Hôtel Elysée

              92 rue Président Edouard Herriot, Lyon
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are also within 15 minutes. Bellecour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 7 minutes.

                Villa Maïa $424
                Villa Maïa

                Villa Maïa

                8 rue du Professeur Pierre Marion, Lyon
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine) and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vieux Lyon Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lyon Saint Paul Station is 12 minutes.