Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, Geneva

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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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  • The cathedral itself is free to visit. For Protestants, this is a very historic place to visit due to its role in the Reformation. The only charges are to climb the tower or visit the archeological.....  more
    The cathedral itself is free to visit. For Protestants, this is a very historic place to visit due to its role in the Reformation. The only charges are to climb the tower or visit the archeological.....  more »
  • A beautiful cathedral almost hidden away because it is surrounded by other buildings. Well worth the effort, for the adjoining Chapel as well as the cathedral itself. The two are very very different.....  more
    A beautiful cathedral almost hidden away because it is surrounded by other buildings. Well worth the effort, for the adjoining Chapel as well as the cathedral itself. The two are very very different.....  more »
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  • We visited this 850+ year old cathedral which is impressive. We climbed St Peter’s Tower and had spectacular view of Geneva. It was an adventure since we climbed the first tower and walked across the other tower. It was awesome to be outdoor (not only see through windows) and view Geneva at different angles. It is super windy when we went.
  • Visiting the (North) Tower was the highlight for us in Geneva! It's not that heavy going up but the view is amazing! See my pictures for self explanation. We were at lunch time up there and unfortunately the water fountain was turned off. However, at around 13:00(1pm) it was turned on again.

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