Geneva – a cultural oasis

Geneva is located in the French-speaking part of the country, in Canton of Geneva. It is the second largest city in Switzerland, by population. The urban area (Great Geneva) has nearly 900,000 inhabitants, one-third living on the French soil and two-thirds living in the Swiss soil. Yoko Ono, Isabelle Adjani and Phil Collins are some of Geneva’s famous residents.

This beautiful city is a financial and political center on the global level. The most important global institutions have their headquarters there, like the United Nations, The World Trade Organization, The International Red Cross, the World Wide Web Virtual Library, The World Economic Forum, The World Health Organization, and The International Organization for Standardization. Geneva is also called the “peace capital”.

Geneva is one of the cities with the highest quality of life, according to Mercer surveys from 2009. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Geneva’s Sites

The Jet d’eau

The Jet d’eau is an amazing fountain that shoots up water with an incredible force of almost 200km/h. Almost seven tones of water is in the air all the time. This is Geneva’s landmark, and it can even be seen from air. This majestic sight is 140 m high, and has 500 liters of water coming out of its nozzle every second. The fountain operates all year round, except when winds and frost are too strong. The best time to visit the Jet d’eau is in the evening.

The Palais des Nations

The Palais des Nations was completely built in 1936, to be the headquarters of the League of Nations (the precursor of the United Nations). This imposing monumental building is located in the northeastern part of Geneva. The Palais is placed in the 25-hectare Ariana Park amidst beautiful trees, many of which are more than a 100 years old. The park has several beautiful sculptures.

Cathédrale St-Pierre

Towering over the beautiful city, Saint Peter’s Cathedral is perhaps Geneva’s oldest and most impressive architectural treasure. This Cathédrale was built between 1160 and 1232, in the beginning of the 12th century, and it is a great example of mixture of different architectural styles. Though basically being a Romanesque structure, it also has some Gothic elements, and even some neoclassical elements. The building is asymmetrical, thanks to two entirely different towers of the Cathedral. The north tower offers an incredible eye-catching view of the city.

Maison Tavel

Maison Tavel is located in the very heart of the city, in du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6. This is one of the oldest standing private houses in the entire city of Geneva. The house was constructed in 1303 by the Tavel family. In 1986, it was transformed into a museum.Several distinctive historical collections are preserved in this museum, dating from the middle ages up to the mid-19th century. If you are looking for a place where you can learn more about European history and culture, this museum is a must see. Maison Tavel is devoted to Geneva’s history and culture. There are permanent exhibitions of objects and images from the 16th, 17the, 18th and19th century.

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