We stayed at Geneva for a couple of nights and a day. Ate Luz generously spared us a space from her cozy apartment during our stay. She was also our city tourist guide. We used the tram to get into the tourist area, and started it with the United Nations Building, which is considered to be the 2nd largest UN Offices, next to New York City.
in front of Ate Luz Apartment at Rue du Velodrome
flags all around the world
The Diplomatic Centre
Opposite the main entrance of the UN Building is a Giant Broken Chair which symbolizes the campaign against landmines, to commemorate the victims of landmines and to show support for the banning of landmines.
The Broken Chair
Next stop is the main place of worship for the Roman Catholics -the Basilica of Notre-Dame.
main entrance of the church
inside the Basilica
a moment of prayer
After the church visit, we went to Geneva Lakefront for a glimpse of the recognizable landmark of Geneva and also considered as one of the tallest fountains in the world – Jet d’Eau.
and a picturisque shot of my son in front of the Flower Clock, which is a symbol of Geneva’s watch Industry.
It rained hard that time while we were at Jardin Anglais (English Garden) so we went to a Tourist Information Office to shed for a while until the rain stops. Then we headed to a Reformed Protestant Church, the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, home church of John Calvin (founder of Calvinism).
Saint Pierre Cathedral with the Green Tower
main entrance of Saint Pierre Cathedral
interiors of St. Pierre Cathedral
15th Century Choir Stalls
Our last stop is at Parc des Bastions where we have a good rest, and a nice chess game.
a nice place to rest
giant chess board
The Reformation Wall is a monumental homage which stands in Parc des Bastions. At the centre, you will find four figures of William Farel, John Calvin, Théodor de Bèze and John Knox, who are known to be the great Reformation Leaders. At the top of the monument are the words “Post Tenebras Lux,” are Latin for “After the darkness, light.” – core phrase of Calvinist philosophy.
Four Leaders of Reformist Movement
On our way home, we passed by a park where kids and teens hang-out to show off their balancing talents on skating, wake boarding, and roller blading, etc.