Cathedrale de St-Pierre, Geneva

4.3
Must see · Lookout · Religious Site
For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of Cathedrale de St-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 St-Pierre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Geneva attractions using our Geneva day trip tool.
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  • Beautiful building in the old town area. You can go in and they also hold prayers. I understand for a small charge you can go up the towers. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Only 157 steps lead you to the top. There are 2 towers. On the South one, you a nice view but it's not an open view. One the North one find a small hidden black door and you will get to the top to...  more »
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  • 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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