From the end of the 6th century until 1536, Lausanne was a bishopric and a destination of pilgrimage. Until 1798 it was the seat of the Bernese bailiffs. When the Canton of Vaud was created as an entity of the Swiss Confederation, Lausanne became the cantonal capital in 1803. It has been home to the main headquarters of the Federal Supreme Court since 1874 and of the International Olympic Committee since 1915. It was in 1973 that the first stone was laid for the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 1993, the International Olympic Committee awarded it the privileged status of Olympic Capital. A city of learning, business and culture, Lausanne is established in the union of international cities today.

Ruines romaines - ©  LT/

From antiquity to the medieval city

Some weapons, carved flint and hearths are the first signs of occupation on the site of Lausanne, by the lake (Vidy) but also on the hill, the future seat of the cathedral.

Ancienne Académie - © LT/

From the Reformation to the Enlightenment

The Reformation. Lausanne honoured the treaty of alliance, taking up arms to support the city of Berne, which had embraced Protestantism.

Tribunal Fédéral - © LT/

From the Revolution to the 19th century

The Revolution. The French Revolution of 1789 encouraged representatives of the local bourgeoisie to demand Vaudois emancipation.

Lausanne Cathedral - © LT/ Laurent Kaczor

Contemporary Lausanne (20th-21st centuries)

The urban development of Lausanne was dramatic from the start of the 20th century.