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Cathedrale de St-Pierre

24 place du Bourg de Four, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
22 319 71 90
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Ranked #7 of 65 Attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Reservations, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This famous cathedral is best known for its historic significance as the church where John Calvin...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Reservations, Lookouts, Cultural
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 century.

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Worthing, West Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

It was well worth the walk up the rather steep hill to witness the view. Take a look inside when you visit. It is quite plain inside but has a great deal of history. You need a good couple of hours to appreciate and explore the building. Don't miss the "modern" looking Organ.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

While walking in Geneva's oldtown - do not omit the Cathedral, it is the tallest and one of the most beautiful buildings in town. Free entry, architecture of 13th century, old organ, Calvin's chair, atmosphere of old proper European religious standpoint.. well worth the visit! The visit will take you 10-15 min max, but I really advise you to get... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Well it was just Okay. Frankly, churches in montreal are way more attractive. This one is well maintained, old and in a nice qaint old part of town but thats about it. Free admission and the stained glass windows were about the highlight there :)

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very interesting to wander around and very unpretentious. Lots of interesting things to see including Calvin's chair. Beautiful cathedral although very mixed architecturally. Sits in centre of Old Town which is certainly worth exploring.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Forget religion -- visit St. Pierre's Cathedral for the experience, the views and the history of Geneva back to the 3rd century. To do everything you'll need at least two hours. The cathedral itself is very typical of the style we've seen in Switzerland. The style is very basic with very little decorations, gold, filigree, statues or stain glass, etc.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We stayed in Geneva for 3 days doing all the tourist sights from the Jet D'Eau to the UN to the Red Cross museum and this was by far the best activity/sight of the trip. The cathedral is on a hill in the old town and looks over the city. The architecture is beautiful and full of history from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Even for those not religious take a tour of the Cathederal. It is really educational. From the tablets around the walls, the architecture, see Jean Calvin's chair (how small and slight he must have been) and then pay chf4 or so to climb the north tower. The climb is easy with a stop midway but it is steep and not... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The USP of the cathedral is the tower tour. The steps are steep and pretty narrow but definitely worth taking. There are multiple levels to the tower, each having its own charm. The view of the Geneva city from each level is breathtaking. It is easy to miss this tour since there is no information available. The tickets can be... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a great visit while in Old Town area. The plaza around it is beautiful and climbing to the top for the views is fun. Quite a workout though! Didn't check out the archaeological bit of the site. The church inside is pretty too and steeped in Protestant history. Check out Le M or La Clemance for drinks after... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The history of the church is really interesting (especially for the Calvin/ Knox fans out there) and the interior is stunning. Its possible to visit the tower for a small fee, which allows for great views over the city and surrounding Alps. The church is located in the old part of town, which is by far the nicest area to... More 

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