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Montbenon, Palais de Justice & William Tell (I&V)
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.
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Montbenon was the venue of our first "meeting" with Lausanne. Exhausted, after a night and day long travel by "gastarbeiter" bus from Belgrade to Lausanne (with countless stops in Serbia and Switzerland), we took just a short evening walk with our friend (whose guests we were in Lausanne), through Avenue de Beaulieu, over Pont Chauderon and via Avenue Jules Gonin to Esplanade de Montbenon. She picked the perfect spot for our first encounter with the city – Montbenon has a great cosy & leisured atmosphere, and its location, on the top of a hill, offers magnificent view of the Lake Geneva and French Alps, comparable only with view from the top of the tower of the Cathedral Notre Dame.
Later we found out that Montbenon had been covered with vineyards until 1345, when it had been bought by the city and transformed into a place of celebration and parade ground. Place Cingria, central grassy plateau of Montbenon, is dominated by vast edifice of Lausanne Palais de Justice – the Courthouse, built between 1881 and 1886, and statue of William Tell in front of it. The building of Casino de Montbenon, completed in 1909, stands at the furthest west, and Myo Sushi Bar with its beautiful terrace on the east end of Montbenon. The last reshaping of the hill occurred in period between 1978 and 1984, and the result of that is Montbenon present day appearance.
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Sunbath on the grass of the parc Montbenon
the parc has a wonderful view on the lake and the mountains...and the casino de Montbenon is really beautiful!
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