Geneva’s Old Town: Of cobblestone streets and charming squares (Part 1)

Geneva is not all about modernization and globalization. Last time, I wrote about the famous Jet d’Eau and cruise on board an old paddle steamer in Lake Geneva and the international organizations, notable buildings, parks and art installations you might come across if you visit Geneva. Well, this city in the Land of Milk and Honey also features a historical and ancient side.

On our second day, we visited the Old Town, which consists of narrow cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants, medieval squares and fountains, small passages and a century-old cathedral.

Geneva's Old Town
Geneva’s Old Town
Geneva's Old Town
Geneva’s Old Town
Geneva's Old Town
Geneva’s Old Town
Geneva's Old Town
Geneva’s Old Town

The Old Town is relatively higher than the lake. You will instantly notice the change in altitude as you approach St. Pierre’s Cathedral. The Cathedral belongs to the Reformed Protestant Church of Geneva. It is also known as the home church of the Protestant Reformation leader, John Calvin (1509-1564).

Heading towards St. Pierre's Catheral
Heading towards St. Pierre’s Catheral
Heading towards St. Pierre's Catheral
Heading towards St. Pierre’s Catheral
Heading towards St. Pierre's Catheral
Heading towards St. Pierre’s Catheral
St. Pierre's Catheral
St. Pierre’s Catheral

Climbing up the streets towards St.Pierre, we came across a nice spot called the Terasse Agrippa-d’ Aubigne, where one could see Geneva and the Jet d’Eau from a distance.

Me and my travel buddies
Me and my travel buddies
My travel buddies having fun
My travel buddies having fun

Another point of attraction in the Old Town is the Old Arsenal, “a series of canons decorated by mosaics portraying Caesar’s arrival in the city in 58 B.C.”

The Old Arsenal
The Old Arsenal
Taking a short rest at the Old Arsenal
Taking a short rest at the Old Arsenal
A panoramic view of Geneva
A panoramic view of Geneva

There’s more to see in the Old Town. Sadly, I’m running out of time now.. So to be continued.. 🙂

@ Geneva's Old Town
@ Geneva’s Old Town

 

 

 

 

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