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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 #9 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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san diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

If in a Geneva, you should stop by the cathedral. I am sure it is on most top ten lists of things to do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

You can walk into the church and see it without a charge. The stained glass and various areas are beautiful. However, if you want to go all the way to the top, there’s a fee. This is totally worth doing because you have a great view of Geneva (and can even see the Jet d’Eau). You can also see a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The cathedral itself is worth a visit. Even better is the view from the tower - well worth the climb up the very narrow, step stairs. I can get very squeezy if you encounter people going in the other direction. Also worth a visit are the ruins beneath the cathedral showing the original structures.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is so different from other cathedrals- and we have visited a lot! You can really see Calvin's influence here (though we are not sure what he would have thought of having his chair on display!) The windows are beautiful but, as you might expect, there is little other adornment: no iconography for example. The side chapel has been very... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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