Palais de justice historique de Lyon

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Palais de justice historique de Lyon
Palais de Justice de Lyon.JPG
General information
Architectural style neoclassical
Classification Logo monument historique - rouge ombré, encadré.svg Monument Historique PA00117980 (1996)
Location 5th arrondissement of Lyon, Lyon, France
Coordinates 45°45′43″N 4°49′41″E / 45.76194°N 4.82806°E / 45.76194; 4.82806
Current tenants French court
Construction started 1835
Completed 1845
Client French government
Owner French government
Design and construction
Architect Louis-Pierre Baltard

The Palais de justice historique de Lyon is a building located Quai Romain Rolland, on the right bank of the Saône, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. In 1996, it was classified as monument historique.[1]


Its construction began in 1835 and ended in 1845, under the direction of architect Louis-Pierre Baltard. It was built in the same location as the previous courthouses that followed since the 15th century.

The Palais de Justice de Lyon is often called the 'Palace of the twenty-four columns'. This is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in France.

In 1995, construction of a new courthouse in the district of La Part-Dieu allowed the transfer of the Tribunal de Grande Instance, the Tribunal d'Instance and the Tribunal de commerce de Lyon. The Cour d'appel of Lyon and the Cour d'assises of the Rhône remained installed in what is now the historic courthouse of Lyon.

In 2008, the building was the subject of a profound renovation (accessibility, upgrading, security...).[2]

Famous trials[edit]

There were some famous trials in this building:[3]

  • August 1884: Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio, murder of President of the Republic Sadi Carnot, was sentenced to death.
  • January 1945: Charles Maurras was sentenced to life imprisonment and national degradation.
  • July 1987: Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity during the Second World War.


  1. ^ "Monuments historiques — Palais de Justice de Lyon" (in French). Mérimée. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Le journal d'information du 5è arrondissement : Réhabilitation du Palais de Justice" (PDF) (in French). Lyon. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cour d'appel de Lyon, historique" (in French). Cour d'appel de Lyon. Retrieved 26 January 2010.