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Cathedrale de St-Pierre

24 place du Bourg de Four, Geneva 1204, Switzerland (Cité)
22 319 71 90
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Ranked #8 of 70 Attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts, Reservations
Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This famous cathedral is best known for its historic significance as the church where John Calvin gave his inspiring sermons during the mid-16th... more » Owner description: This famous cathedral is best known for its historic significance as the church where John Calvin gave his inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century. « less
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Having climbed up the hill into the cathedral, the modern building is fairly plain but nevertheless interesting for the history of Christianity on this site. the climb to the top of the tower is worth the entrance fee for some exhilarating views over Geneva and the lake, though a traffic light system for the spiral stair cases would help!

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Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Located in the Old Town and very easy to get in. A massive structure with a stark appeal.The side Chapel had more colour and embellishments.

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This wasn't the most beautiful cathedral I've seen in my live. There was actually nothing. Maybe because we didn't take a tour or watch a presentation? And we even didn't know you can climb the tower :( So that too was a dissapointment.

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pittsburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Sits up from the lake... easy to find. Cobble streets, interesting boutiques and plenty of restaurants.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Cathedrale de St-Pierre started it's life as a Catholic Church and under the Calvinists it became what it is today, rather stark but beautiful all the same. The church is worth the visit for it's simplicity but if you have the energy to climb the tower you will be afforded a lovely view of the old town and beyond... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

It's a must-see, even if it deliberately isn't the most impressive Cathedral you've seen. Because, for Calvin [and the movement he helped launch] it wasn't about the building, or the ornaments. It was about the pulpit, and what he clarified from there. It's a fine building, don't get me wrong...but remarkable for its simplicity and we can imagine that during... More

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Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Free entry to see the cathedral inside, impressive stained glass windows, huge organ. If you interested you can climb to the tower to see panoramic view of the city.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Indeed it is very plain inside but there is something peaceful about the cathedral. Its rich history as such a signification place in the history of protestantism and the reformation make it unique.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We came here on a Sunday afternoon, when a lot of places in Geneva were closed. The walk in old town to get to the cathedral is just lovely. It was free entry, with beautiful stained glass work. There is a fee, 5 per person, to climb the bell tower. It is a must do on a beautiful sunny day... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

For 5CHF, you get a ticket to climb to the tower. The views from the top were impressive, but what I really loved was a little "insider's" access. I've seen other cathedrals, but never gotten to climb a tower before. As you climb, look for the little guy holding up the ceiling a couple flights up. Be prepared though for... More

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