Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), Geneva

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Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) depicts the story of the Protestant Reformation with statues of significant individuals, events, and documents. Built in 1909, the 18 m (60 ft) wall resulted from a contest designed to spruce up the grounds of the University of Geneva. Because the city was the center of Calvinism during the Reformation, the wall honors four important Calvinists most prominently. Statues of Theodore Beza, John Calvin, William Farel, and John Knox stand 5 m (16 ft) tall in the center of the wall. Surrounding these figures are Calvinists from other countries, such as Oliver Cromwell from England, and William the Silent from the Netherlands. Below the statues, read descriptions of how each of these figures supported Calvinism and the Reformation. Make Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) part of your personalized Geneva itinerary using our Geneva trip itinerary maker app .
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  • This was not far from the Cathedral, and was well worth making the effort to find. A wonderfully done monument remembering the pillars of the Reformed Christian Faith. Thankful to get to see this in p...  more »
  • Geneva has played an important role in the history of the Reformation. This majestic monument illustrates.
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  • It is an impressive wall and obviously relates big time to the history of this town ... love to pass by and spend a little while watching it!  more »
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  • I love this parc, you have inside de building of the university, and its library, you have at the principal enter gate a little space in the outside where poeple used to go and play chess
  • I loved this place..prepare your camera and mind for a lovely moments between nature and human arts
  • I wish there was more than just this wall. The cost of activities related to the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation is about 500 chf. I don't think Jesus (a carpenter by trade) could have afforded to celebrate it.
  • It's a nice place to see and sit around. But beware that even though park is open 24 hours, there were no lights at 11pm on a Sunday, so can not take any pictures
  • Located in Le Parc des Bastions, this Wall is quite impressive in terms of history and for the size of the 4 characters including Calvin (the second from the left).

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