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Lyon during the Resistance

Tours and workshops

Last updated date : 15/06/2022

Jean Moulin and the Armée des Ombres (Army of Shadows).

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Follow the footsteps of Jean-Moulin and the major figures of the French Resistance in Lyon. Along a route that will take you from Place des Terreaux to the maze of narrow streets, stairways and traboules (hidden passageways) on the slopes of Croix- Rousse hill, and then across the Presqu’île district, you will understand better why and how the Resistance networks made Lyon their base.

Thanks to its strategic geographical location, on the edge of the Demarcation line, Lyon became the centre of the largest region of the Resistance. It lived under the Vichy regime between two German occupations.

What was Jean Moulin’s role? Who were the main figures of the various movements? What were the different forms of resistance, which involved elected representatives, members of the army, the press and clandestine printing works, as well as intellectuals and religious movements? You will learn the answers to all these questions.

The situation of Jews in Lyon is discussed with the roundups that took place on Rue Sainte-Catherine and the surrounding area, anti-Jewish laws and the role of the militia.
What were the daily lives of the city’s residents like during the war, with food rations, curfews, secrecy and denunciations?

This fascinating tour, which takes a look back at anonymous and famous heroes, ends on the banks of the Saône, by the law courts where Klaus Barbie faced trial.

Practical information


devant la fontaine Bartholdi - 69001 Lyon 1er




Adult: 13 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.

Free with Lyon City Card.


All year round, daily except on January 1st and December 25th.

Tours and workshops

Lyon during the Resistance

Place des Terreaux

devant la fontaine Bartholdi - 69001 Lyon 1er

+33 (0)4 72 77 69 69


I go by alternative transportation

Metro A > Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel

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