6 Hôtel de Ville
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!