Geneva Sights

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Ancien Arsenal

  • Library/Archive

Designed as a granary on the site of a Roman marketplace and converted to a gunpowder depot after l'Escalade, this municipal storage...

Auditoire de Calvin

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Reformed services in English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and German made this simple Gothic structure, built in the 15th century on the...

Beau-Rivage

  • Hotel–Sight

Jean-Jacques Mayer's descendants still own and operate the hotel he built in 1865. It has discreetly witnessed the birth of a nation...

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

A fine example of 19th-century industrial architecture moored in the middle of the river, Geneva's second opera house was built in 1886...

Cathédrale St-Pierre

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A stylistic hybrid scarred by centuries of religious upheaval and political turmoil, this imposing cathedral somehow survived the ages...

Centre d'Art Contemporain

  • Museum/Gallery

Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Pippilotti Rist, Thomas Scheibitz, and Shirana Shabhaz are some of the pioneering Swiss and international...

Cimetière de Plainpalais

  • Cemetery

Originally part of a 15th-century hospital complex built outside the city to isolate victims of the plague, these verdant 7 acres hold...

Eglise Saint-Germain

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This pristine 15th-century sanctuary served as a Protestant temple, a butcher's warehouse, a foundry, and a government meeting hall before...

Fondation Baur

  • Museum/Gallery

Alfred Baur's lovingly preserved collection of Far Eastern art packs more than 10 centuries of Chinese ceramics and jade, Japanese smoking...

Fondation Martin Bodmer

  • Museum/Gallery

The museum that sources this humbling exhibition of original texts—from cuneiform tablets, papyrus scrolls, and parchment to a dizzying...

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