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"Montbenon, Palais de Justice & William Tell (I&V)" Top 5 Page for this destination Montbenon Tip by Zvrlj

Montbenon, Lausanne: 3 reviews and 7 photos

  Montbenon & Lausanne Palais de Justice
by Zvrlj
  • Montbenon & Lausanne Palais de Justice - Lausanne
      Montbenon & Lausanne Palais de Justice
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  • William Tell at Montbenon - Lausanne
      William Tell at Montbenon
    by Zvrlj

Lausanne Palais de Justice – the Courthouse, stands at an outstanding location – the top of the Montbenon, at the upper, north end of grassy Place Cingria, overlooking the lower area extending to the shores of the Lake Geneva.

The style of the Courthouse, built between 1881 and 1886, by the design of Vevey born architect Benjamin Recordon, resembles the French Renaissance ornamentation. The facade of the edifice is crowned with allegorical sculptures representing Strength, Helvetia and the Law.

In front of Palais de Justice stands statue of William Tell, artwork of Marius Jean Antonin Mercie, French sculptor and painter. The statue was presented to the city of Lausanne in 1902, by Daniel Illfa Osiris, patron of Paris and officer of the Legion d'honneur, in memory of the soldiers commanded by general Charles Denis Bourbaki, who had found escape in Swiss territory in 1871.

Directions: Montbenon is very near Gare centrale de Lausanne, connected to it by Avenue Louis Ruchonnet. It is bordered by Avenue de Savoie, Avenue Jules Gonin and Chemin de Preville.

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2010
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