6 Hô­tel de Ville

Timeless Travels Magazine - - SWITZERLAND -

The Hô­tel-de-Ville or City Hall has been the heart of Genevan gov­ern­ment from the 15th cen­tury. The cur­rent build­ing took over three cen­turies to build and un­der­went many changes be­fore it reached how it looks to­day.

In 1526 a new po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion was founded: the Con­seil des Deux-Cents, which is the founder of to­day’s Grand Con­seil or can­tonal par­lia­ment. In 1535 the new body banned Catholic mass in the city, thus ce­ment­ing the change to the Re­for­ma­tion.

TOP TIP: In the summer, con­certs are held in the court­yard and you can also climb all the way up the 16th-cen­tury paved ramp which was de­signed so vis­i­tors didn’t need to dis­mount from their horses or sedan chairs on route to dif­fer­ent floors!

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