Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Geneva
Built in 1160 and modified throughout the centuries, Sain-Pierre cathedral and its neoclassic facade dominate Geneva. Its northern tower offers a breathtaking view over the city and the lake. (157 steps)
Opening hours and prices:
Access to the towers of the cathedral: CHF 3.-
Children 6 to 12 years: CHF 1.50
Groups up to 15 persons: CHF 1.50
St. Pierre Cathedral is the most well known Cathedrale in Geneva. Located in the old town of Geneva, this is where John Calvin spoke about his reformation during the mid 1500's. In the Cathedrale is the chair where Calvin sat. The view from the tower is especially breath taking (3sfr). Overlooking all of Geneva and the Lake.
Admire the architecture of St Pierre cathedral -situated in the heart of the old town of Geneva. Sitting in the square here in the sunshine, looking up and listening to a violin being played, was a pleasant break in our journey back to the airport. Climbing the 157 steps brings you to the summit of the North tower for a great view of the city and lake - shame I didn't have time for this, maybe next time.
Every hour since 1749 the famous bells of St Pierre give a little 'recital' - a different melody each month.
As I said on my page intro,I lost mostly of the pictures taken in Geneva.I took a few very nice ones of this beautiful place:Saint Peter's Cathedral,I had a few exteriors and interior views of the cathedral.I was thinking to place this picture in restaurants tips,because it shows one of numerous restaurants on that steep street,the cathedral is located just at end of that street,very close to lakeside and promenade.
The Saint Peter's Cathedral it was built between 12th-14th cent and is a must see in the city,so don't miss it!!.
Anyway the name of restaurant is Spaghetty Factory,and I had a nice lunch here,I don't need to tell you that it has specialities in pasta! :-) the price is of about 25 Euros per person.
A well known and obvious feature of the Genevan landscape, the cathedral is well worth a visit, especially for anyone with an interest in the way that time changes the face of a city.
Under the cathedral they have done an extensive archeological dig, back to pre-roman times, and as you wander around, you are able to see the way that the church grew and changed over the centuries. Sadly photography is not permitted in the space so I am unable to show you anything, but can only encourage you to find and explore it for yourself!
The Cathedral is positioned on top of a hill in the heart of the old town. The Cathedral is strange in its variety of different architectural styles, as it has been re-built and added to over the centuries.
What I like the most in this Cathedral is tranqulity and simplicity. In the time of Reformation, thanks to its philosophy of austerity, upset the entire interior of the building. All ornaments were removed and the colored decors whitewashed. Only the stained glass windows were spared. Its current neo-classic facade dates from the middle of the 18th century, having replaced the former Gothic one.
St. Peter's Cathedral is one of the most important churchs of the Protestant Reformation. This is cathedral where John Calvin preached during the time of the Reformation. When visiting keep in mind that it is a Protestant cathedral and is not as ornate as most of the Catholic churches you usually find in Euorpe. The construction was started around 1150 and completed in 1232. The towers on the front of the cathedral were added in 1298. The church sits on a large hill and can be seen from many points in the city. Along with the Jet d'eau, we could also see this cathedral from our hotel in the evenings. It is a very beautiful site at night with the spot lights highlighting it against the mountains behind the city.
Now that we have seen the inside of the cathedral and seen Calvin's chair its time to climb the towers. There are 157 steep winding steps to climb to the top of the tower. But it is worth the trip. You can walk around throught the balconies and get a beautiful view of the city of Geneva. From this angle you can see the side of the Cathedral as well as the city below.
As you can tell from this picture as I stated in a previous tip, this church is not overly ornate in any fashion. It is a stark difference from the beauty and lushness you find in most Catholic cathedrals. However it still has a classic beauty in its own way.
Cent cinquante sept marches vous mènent au sommet de la tour nord de la cathédrale et au fabuleux panorama qui s'étend sur la ville et le lac. Puis la Clémence, la plus grosse des cloches du lieu, hissée dans cette même tour en 1407 et pesant six tonnes, vous séduira.
The St. Peter’s Cathedral (a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles) with a classical 18c façade (looking rather out of place). It was difficult to get far enough away to take a decent photo. This is where John Calvin preached and taught (you can still see his chair inside). It was exactly here that Calvin gave utterance to his vision of reformed Christianity.
Walk in the old town, visit Saint Pierre Eglisse, climb the stairs in narrow tunels to reach the tower, try to see the Mont Blanc and French teritories, have a meal on a terace while you listen French music, take a walk in Promenade de Bastille, photo famous reformers statue and strange looking trees from the park.
Very interesting Cathedral, but if you like decorations you will be pretty disappointed. In fact, Calvinism did not (and still does not) fancy them at all, so the building is quite strict in appearance. I only think they should have placed armchair that belonged to Calvin in a more noticeable place. Many people I know (myself included) had a tough time finding it.
Another activity you can engage yourself in while you are in the Cathedral is visiting its bell tower. After climbing the stairs you will find yourselves on the top with a beautiful panorama of the city in front of you. You will have to pay an admission fee of a couple of Swiss francs.
Go below the Cathedral of St. Pierre and check out the archeological dig site. It is worth seeing and you get a good sense of the city's history.