1 Re­for­ma­tion Wall

Timeless Travels Magazine - - SWITZERLAND -

The Parc des Bas­tions lies at the foot of the old part of Geneva city, where the old city walls lay. Along one side of the park lies the Re­for­ma­tion Wall – a mon­u­ment to the Re­for­ma­tion, built be­tween 1909 and 1917. It is the work of Paul Landowski, who also de­signed the fa­mous Chirst the Redeemer statue in Rio. There are four cen­tral fig­ures of Wil­liam Farel, John Calvin, Theodore de Beze and John Knox who were the lead­ing fig­ures of the Genevan Re­for­ma­tion. They are flanked on ei­ther side by three fig­ures and four stone re­liefs that de­pict the main fig­ures and events that marked the spread of the Re­for­ma­tion from Geneva across Europe and to Amer­ica. On ei­ther side of the wide steps are two stones en­graved with the names of Luther and Zwingli, which pay trib­ute to the men who spear­headed the 16th-cen­tury Re­for­ma­tion in Ger­many and Ger­man-speak­ing Switzer­land a gen­er­a­tion be­fore Calvin. Marie Den­tiere, one of the first fe­male the­olo­gians, is also com­mem­o­rated here.

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