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Architectural site tour

The modern repurposing of Saint Paul Prison
Discover the architectural conversion of an iconic building in Perrache neighborhood

After a multi-year renovation project, UCLy’s new campus opened in 2015.

The former Saint Paul Prison was converted into the interior of the modern campus, linking the past with the present.

The conversion of the St. Paul and St. Joseph prisons, representative of 19th century prison architecture, is part of Lyon’s larger plans to revitalize Perrache.


Highlights of the visit :

  • The former entrance to Saint Paul Prison.

  • Saint Irénée Chapel.

  • Panoramic views of Lyon’s Confluence neighborhood and Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

  • Catholic University of Lyon's (UCLy) modern campus facilities (gym, Learning Lab…).

  • Access to one of three former prison yards.

The architectural transformation of the former prison (in french), TLM, 2014

Groups : tour in english of 1.5 hours, during the week and on Saturdays, on prior request.

Cost 11€ per person (groups between 15 and 30 personns)

If you have any questions or request a quote, please click here.

The time for this visit can be adapted to your needs.

Individuals : tour in french, one saturday per month. Duration of 1 hour, cost of 8€ per personn. 

Next visit on saturday 18th january 2020, at 10.30 am

Sign up easily by contacting us here.

Private visit in English on request.

In partnership with UCLy

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