Geneva’s historic centre and its alleys and fountains
St. Peter’s Cathedral -Saint-Pierre- in Geneva was started in the 12th century and has a very peculiar mixture of styles. Under its floor you can visit archaeological excavations that allow you to know the first churches that were built here since the 4th century.
Inside you will find everything from the more than 300 capitals sculpted in different periods to the wooden chair used by Calvin, who adopted it as his mother church in the Protestant Reformation. And then there’s the climb to the towers with the magnificent view of Geneva and its lake – an all-in-one!
One thing you have to see in Geneva out of obligation is the historic centre. Its narrow streets, despite the order and neatness that are so Swiss that they sometimes seem a bit exaggerated, have a lot of charm. Three good places to start are the Gran-Rue, the Place du Bourg-de-Four and the Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, where the Hôtel-de-Ville, the seat of the canton of Geneva, is located, and whose courtyard is worth a look.