The Church of Saint Francis : a general tour

The church of St Francis is, together with the Cathedral and the chapel of La Maladière, one of the 3 religious buildings in existence prior to the Reformation.

There were Franciscan monks in Lausanne by the end of the 13th century. They built a monastery and a church on a piece of land put at their disposal on the southern limits of the town.

Eglise St Francois P1000370 200When the Reformation came to Lausanne in 1536, the Franciscans' properties were confiscated. Except for the church, the buildings and surroundings were abandoned and slowly fell into ruin. The last remnants were demolished at the end of the 19th century.

The church of St Francis was admirably renovated at the end of the last century. This is illustrated by frescoes from pre-Reformation times as well as the magnificent buffet of the organ from the 18th century. One can admire the modern stained glass windows created by C. Heaton, A. Cingria, and E. Bieler amongst other artists.


Visits on request


Throughout the year, except Sundays and Public Holidays (according to availability of a guide).


By appointment


A minimum 4 working days before the a visit


Place St François In front of the church (see map)


About 1 hour



Adults : CHF 75.- 1 - 10 persons,
CHF 5.- per additional person
Children accompanying : Free
Schoolchildren up to the age 16 in Swiss schools : Free
Children in other schools and those in higher education : CHF 50.-
Foreign groups :

Booking 2 weeks ahead
Advanced payment.

Maximum 20 persons per guide




TL lines :

- Stop Saint-François (lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13)

- Stop Flon (metros M1, M2, LEB)


Parking : St-François


Phone +41-21-320 12 62, Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:00