For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. Plan to visit Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Geneva attractions using our Geneva day trip tool.
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I have to agree with the previous reviewer - this Cathedral inside is as dull as they come. I can’t remember a more disappointing entrance. Fortunately, the organ was being played to full effect... more »
It looks OK on the outside, but thanks to the iconoclasts, one of the least attractive churches on the inside one could imagine. more »
Beautiful Cathedral inside and outside. You can go to the top and take some beautiful pictures and see the whole Geneva from the top. I believe you can go to anytime of the year. Also some days on Thursday night they play classical music inside. Favorite place to walk around in old town Geneva
The cathedral is beautiful with an interesting history. Spend the five francs to climb the tower - 100% worth every penny. Amazing views and an interesting look at the structure behind the beautiful facades. Both towers are interesting for different reasons. This is a must do in Geneva.
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