St. Peter's Cathedral (english), or Saint Pierre Cathedral (french) is over 850 years old Geneva's main church, famous for Jan Kalvin preaching here. St. Peter's Cathedral is found within the center of Geneva's Old Town, slightly on Capitol Hill overseeing the town , combining various architectural styles from Gothic to Ancient, as it was being rebuilt over the centuries. Since 16th century Cathedral belongs the Reformed Church.
North and South Towers are available for visitors vith outstanding views over Geneva. Cathedral also hosts numerous concerts, there's an archaeological site and Maccabean Caple located here and open for the general public .
St. Peter's Cathedral was build between years 1160 - 1252, on the place where previously used to stand basilica from the 6th century. Cathedral was rebuilded several times, last reconstructions took place in 18th century. In 1397, the Chapelle des Macchabées was added to the first building and in 1752 the portico was added to the western facade. Interiors of the Cathedral were vastly demolished in 1535, when Geneva's residents accepted the Reformation and destroyed all the altars inside the cathedral, all the statues and most of the paintings in a rage. Luckily the Pulpit and some paintings at the tops of the pillars were preserved.
Cathedral is 64 meters long. It has a old, spacious and rather plain interior, highlighted by shiny candle-like looking chandeliers, with beautiful shrine, several rows of benches and few chapels. Side aisles contains huge stone blocks - tombstones of church dignitaries from 15th and 16th centuries.
Cathedral is rented for concerts sometimes. There is no entrance fee for the St. Peter's Cathedral.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Take a tour around the Church and admire the exquisite Architecture.
As the St. Pierre Cathedral more than a tourist attraction, it is highly noted for its religious beliefs and is considered the house of God. So, the correct dress code is:
Have arms, shoulders and legs covered for both men and women
Strictly no sleeveless tops and blouses
No miniskirts or dresses
No shorts for men