center of town is dominated by the imposing, partially-Romanesque,
partially-Gothic Cathedral de St. Pierre, originally built in the
12th century. John Calvin preached here daily, every other week,
from 1536 to 1564; his chair outlasted him and still sits in the
north aisle. Beneath the cathedral are the ruins of a Roman sanctuary,
a 4th century basilica and a 6th century church. It's only 157 steps
up to the top of the North Tower, where the view is worth the effort.
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International Museum of the Reformation
In April 2005, the International Museum of the Reformation opened
its doors at the Maison Mallet next to St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathedral
de St. Pierre). The exact location was no accident, as it was on
this very site that May 21, 1536 that the Reformation was proclaimed.
The Museum paints a comprehensive picture of the Reformation from
its origins to the present day, using the latest museum technologies.Click
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The International Monument to the Reformation was erected to commemorate
the 400th anniversary of Calvin's birth. The center grouping of the
monument represent William Farel (who brought Calvin to Geneva), John
Calvin (second only to Luther in the Protestant Reformation), Theodore
Beza (who succeeded Calvin as leader of the Swiss Reformation and
John Knox (who taught here before taking the Reformation to Scotland).
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This church, known as New Church, was built between 1713 and 1715
to cope with the in-flux of Christians after the Edict of Nantes.
Protestant worship had been held in the Saint-Pierre Cathedral,
La Madeleine and Saint-Gervais, but these were no longer large enough.
Unlike these former catholic churches whose interiors had been changed
for Protestant worship, La Fusterie was purpose built. It was modelled
after the Frech Protestant church in Charneton, near Paris.
The Reformed Church emphasized education and Protestants in Geneva
enjoyed a high literacy rate. In 1559, the College and the Academy
were founded. Boys could attend from age 7 and learned Latin, Greek,
grammar, logic, rhetoric and the classics.The Academy was a popular
with students from abroad, who returned to their home countries to
spread Reformed Doctrines.
Geneva and Jet d'Eau
A beautiful location for a scenic boat ride or a relaxing walk along
to shore, Lake Geneva is a prominent feature of this beautiful city.
The centerpiece of this lake is the Jet d'Eau, the world's tallest
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Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Discover the fascinating history of the world’s first humanitarian
This renowned museum, universally acclaimed as one of the best in
the city, provides a moving reminder of the importance of international
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