For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. Plan to visit Cathedrale de St-Pierre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Geneva attractions using our Geneva day trip tool .
Cathedrale de St-Pierre Reviews
Maybe it was because we had just visited Italy where most of the churches are traditional, but we found this place to be almost depressing. The architecture is impressive. The feeling inside was cold ... more »
Ma sinceramente internamente mi hai un po’ deluso. La mancanza di affreschi ai quali siamo molto abituati mi ha un po’ lasciato l’amaro in bocca, non è neanche immensa. Belle le vetrate e l’organo. more »But I honestly got a little disappointed internally. The lack of frescoes to which we are very accustomed has somewhat left a bitter taste in my mouth, it is not even immense. Beautiful stained glass windows and organ.
Located in the old town of Geneva, the area is really nice to walk through with the cobbled roads and old buildings. It is elevated so does require a bit of walking uphill. There are many signs on the road that leads to the entrance, just keep following them. The entrance is huge, particularly the pillars and the main door. I entered through the small door on the right. Inside is really quiet and has a really high roof. There are statues scattered around as well as other olden things like carved wooden benches. The Chapel of the Maccabees was in a side room just by the entrance. The Chapel has beautiful stained glass windows. It is a lot more colourful than the main cathedral. It is worth a stop just to look at this piece of history.
This place is well worth the visit. Make sure to climb the spiral staircase to the top for panoramic views of Geneva. The windows are also a standout including Marc Chagall contributions. Also don't miss the archeological site underneath which is a most interesting exhibit related to history of the site and development of the Geneva area and previous inhabitants. Very well preserved and presented.
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