For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of Cathedrale de Saint-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 Saint-Pierre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Geneva attractions using our Geneva day trip tool.
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[Best Memory from Switzerland] If you happen to be in Geneva, the Old Town is almost always a must-see. And if you take a stroll around the Old Town, there’s almost no reason for you not to stop by..... more
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Great view of the city and just an interesting self-guided tour of the workings and construction of an old cathedral tower. North and south towers are open one day a week and on the full moon.
Great view of the city and just an interesting self-guided tour of the workings and construction of an old cathedral tower. North and south towers are open one day a week and on the full moon. more »
Gothic arches, flying buttresses, baroque façades and silent stones. Come and linger in this space and allow the whispers in the air of centuries of reverence and worship surround you. Must dos: climb the tower for unbeatable views over Geneva's old Town. Must do two: check out the archeology museum under the cathedral, step back in time to 1000s of years worth of I habitation of this idyllic location.
Out of all the churches we have visited in Europe, St Pierre is one of our favourites. It is one of the most historical cathedrals, accompanying Geneva since its birth, recording a tremendous amount of history within its walls and foundation. Not only its exterior is breathtaking, it's interior architecture is also grand and magnificent, with a gigantic organ at the back. Visitors can also climb its towers or visit the archaeological site for a fee. You can choose either or do both, but we chose to visit the archaeological site for CHF 8 per person as we are not fans of climbing towers, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. The site is situated beneath the church and you have to exit the church and climb down to find it. As history buffs, we were blown away by the sheer history of the remnants of the walls and foundation of the church, and how massive the entire archaeological site is. It is truly a humbling experience walking amidst history. Definitely a must do when you visit Geneva if you love history.
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