Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, Geneva

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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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  • Somewhat hidden behind other buildings and doesn’t appear to be the centre of the city. The tower sticks out but doesn’t necessarily overly impress from a distance. To get to see the detail you need.....  more
    Somewhat hidden behind other buildings and doesn’t appear to be the centre of the city. The tower sticks out but doesn’t necessarily overly impress from a distance. To get to see the detail you need.....  more »
  • This magificent cathedral will leave you in awe. The combination of breathtaking architecture, the untold stories of thousands of congregants that came before, and the peace that permeates the... 
    This magificent cathedral will leave you in awe. The combination of breathtaking architecture, the untold stories of thousands of congregants that came before, and the peace that permeates the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Visiting the (North) Tower was the highlight for us in Geneva! It's not that heavy going up but the view is amazing! See my pictures for self explanation. We were at lunch time up there and unfortunately the water fountain was turned off. However, at around 13:00(1pm) it was turned on again.

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