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From the end of the 19th century, the Place Saint-François can be proud to have several buildings of architectural, commercial and financial importance.

An ostentatious style of architecture was chosen to symbolically assert their image.

IMG 0783Following the demolition of the old cloisters, the site became an important crossroads for the trams as well as the carriages (private means of transportation) and the first automobiles.

You will see that the buildings can be classified in three distinctive styles :

1. "Neo-Renaissance" or "eclectic".
2. "Neo-Classical"
3. "Modern, Verticalist, Art-Nouveau"

During the tour from the Galeries Saint-François to the Pont Chauderon, you will be introduced to these various architectural styles.

From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th, Lausanne went through an exceptional period of population growth mainly due to the expansion of the industrial and service sectors which involved the construction of numerous houses and commercial buildings.

On the edges of St François the buildings were turned into residential properties of high standing. They set themselves apart by the lavish interior decoration and the rich external façades.


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


By appointment


Minimum 4 working days before the visit


Place St François in front of church (see map)


2 hours approx.



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