BICENTENARY OF GENEVA JOINING THE SWISS CONFEDERATION

1814 is an essential year for Geneva. It is about to become the 22nd canton of Switzerland. 31st of December 1813: the Declaration of Independence of Geneva is proclaimed in the streets. After almost 15 years of annexation, the French troops of Napoleon, chased by the Austrian army, have left the city. The final treaty is signed on the 19th of May 1815.

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JOHN CALVIN AND THE REFORMATION IN GENEVA

Follow us through 16th century Geneva when Geneva adopted the Reformation (1536) and John Calvin turned it into a « protestant Rome ».

 

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HISTORY OF WATCHMAKING

Learn how Geneva enriched by the skill of its refugees in the 16th and 17th century, became a watchmaking city which reputation still reaches beyond its frontiers today.

 

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HISTORY OF THE RED CROSS

Geneva, the birthplace of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, discover the whole story while following the footsteps of its founder Henry Dunant and its 1rst president Gustave Moynier.

 

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THE "ESCALADE"

By a dark night 1602, Geneva's faith was decided. Listen to the story of this incredible battle against the Duke of Savoy when the independence of the Republic of Geneva was saved. Meet the heroes like la Mère Royaume, still celebrated every year on the 12th of December!

 

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FAMOUS CHARACTERS

Geneva, a cosmopolitan city throughout history: it has often been enriched by exceptional people who have made the city's fame and a great number of renowned travellers have paid it a visit, giving another view of the city through their writings.

 

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UNUSUAL GENEVA

Discover Geneva in another way through its surprising aspects: tales and legends, anecdotes and little secrets, sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, sometimes scary, and many other mysteries.

 

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