Eglise Russe

Eglise Russe, Geneva

Eglise Russe
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Linda K
Gilroy, CA100 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I’ve never been inside a Russian Church. I had to see this even though my husband and I have been walking around a lot. It was worth the hike. The golden domed top is beautiful. We even went inside the church. It was too sacred inside, we didn’t dare take pictures. I saw an image of the Mother of Perpetual Help. We took a lot of pictures outside. We even witnessed their bells rolling. It sounded quite foreign to me.
Written February 10, 2020
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les-aventureux
Yerevan, Armenia257 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Traditional Russian Church. One who has seen Russian Churches will recognise the architecture. Unfortunately during our visit they were mending the church , so we couldn't enter ... but overall a very beautiful church !!!
Written December 23, 2014
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E-Taimz
Toronto, Canada365 contributions
Oct 2011 • Family
It is very interesting to find a genuine Russian Orthodox church in the middle of Geneva. It is quite typical in terms of design and décor. Keep in mind it is a working church, so certain rules are to be observed including dress code and such. They seem to be a little bit too suggestive about “donations,” other than that an interesting experience.
Written August 10, 2012
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,613 contributions
Mar 2022
Well, it's hard these days to disregard the ongoing situation in eastern Europe, so I even hesitated if to visit this Church at all. I hope you understand what I'm talking about, as my original review here used proper unwrapped words, but TA asked me to edit my review.
But, being in Geneva as a tourist I put my thoughts to historic facts so decided to do that as I was in vicinity.
Switzerland was a desirable destination for Russians fleeing the country because of the 1917 Revolution. As their community grew in Geneva they built this classic Russian Orthodox Church with characteristic golden onion domes. Interior is nice and richly decorated with frescoes and classic Orthodox altar.
Entry is free, but they require a donation which I didn't want to give this time.
Written April 16, 2022
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throughdansworld
Rome, Italy499 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This church almost looks out of place with the other surrounding building in Geneva. It is a very small church. You are not allowed to take any photos in there out of respect. There is some beautiful artwork on the walls and ceiling. And the outside is very impressive as well.
Written December 12, 2018
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Evita2
Perth126 contributions
Mar 2011 • Family
Well, first let me share with you that this was my first experience of a Russian Orthodox Church and therefore I had nothing to compare it with.

However, this was also a great advantage, as I went to visit with a blank slate and had no expectations or prejudices. When visiting places of worship, I always visit with a sense of respect and feel honoured and grateful that I am given the opportunity to experience what for many is a very special and meaningful site, a sacred site.

I did not expect the beauty, the rich atmosphere that envelopes the visitor from the moment one sets foot in here. The smell of incense, the candles, the semi-obscurity, all induce and invite to contemplation and prayer while the icons and beauty of the place draw one to wanting to wander around. This dichotomy between action and silence is interesting to experience.

How to get there: it is a 10 minute walk from the Cathedral of St Pierre in the old town. It is slightly set back from the 18 Rue Beaumont and could be missed was it not for the golden onion domes. While this Byzantine style Russian Church is in Geneva's old town, it is amazing how they managed to blend it with the other buildings and it feels very 'organic' - In order to show this, I will use a photo from Wikipedia (with credit to Dragunsk Usf. :-)

Grand Duchess Anna Fyodorovna, the sister-in-law of Tzar Alexander I and aunt of Queen Victoria funded the construction which was completed in 1866. Inside are icons and treasures donated by the Russian Imperial family. Definitively worth a visit.

Written February 18, 2012
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genevatopreviewer
Geneva, Switzerland1,790 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Gorgeous inside and out and unique church in the heart of Geneva located in a dominant position between the residential area of Champel and the old town. The easiest way to access it is via bus 36 and bus 8 ("tranchées" stop). A must see
Written October 12, 2015
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Clive R
27 contributions
May 2012 • Business
Lovely, atmospheric and much more a place of prayer than the Cathedral. The smell of incense, the chanting, the icons, don't miss it.
Written August 7, 2012
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Steve H
15 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
This little church looks amazing on the outside but the real treasure can be found inside.

As soon as we entered the church we were greeted by the mysterious sounds of a woman chanting. At first I thought it was a recording but soon realised it was actually real. It was like stepping back in time. At one point the woman finished only for a priest to continue the chant. Amazing.

The wood panelled interior felt warm and cosy even though the temperature outside was close to freezing.

No photos are allowed inside but I am happy to take away the memories I have of the place. It's free to enter but donations are accepted.
Written February 26, 2012
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ViaceslavGuzun
Timisoara, Romania477 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I visited the church on a Saturday morning before Easter. Church was very crowded, which is normal before Easter. It was nice being there.
Written May 1, 2019
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