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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 #10 of 65 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Stockholm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Calvinist cathedrals do not have a wealth of adornments so it does give a rather unassuming impression. The maccabean chapel is lovely though.

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A nice church with a tower that overlooks the city in some 360-degree panoramas that are quite beautiful.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The cathedral is huge and has beautiful vaulted ceilings. There are no icons in the church which makes the experience much better as it becomes a really religious place. The views from the street and viewing deck outside are not that impressive though - the view over Geneva is blocked by houses so can't see much

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lovely old cathedral with great views from the top. Lots of steps as mentioned by others but worth the hard work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We checked out the area the first day and went exploring on our own, the architecture inside the cathedral is mind blowing, there are frequent tours going around the cathedral and its good to hop on board and find out about the history. The actual square is very pretty and good for just relaxing as there are various benches located... More

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Woerden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visiting the Cathedrale de St-Pierre is a unique experience. Of course it is nice to visit the church, even better if you can hear the rich sound of the organ, but the exhabition downstairs about the history of Geneva and of this holy place is unique and impressive! To be recommended if you are interested in the history of this... More

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We walked up to the Old Town section the first day we arrived and spent quite a bit of time exploring the cathedral, it's self guided and there's a lot to read if you are interested - the history is wonderful! Your visit would not be complete without going to the tower - there is a fee but we were... More

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