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Sightseeing in Geneva

Despite its set of modern and cosmopolitan functions, Geneva retains a very homely and perhaps even pastoral character about it. The river Rhone runs through the city and divides it into two- the Left bank and the Right bank. Most of the Old Town is on the Left Bank and the modern International area is located on the Right Bank. The cable car ride up Mont Saleve offers some breathtaking sights as does Pont du Mont Blanc from where you can get a spectacular view of the snow capped peak of this famous mountain.

The Place du Bourg-de-Four is the oldest square in Geneva. This former Roman cattle market is now a charming and colorful tourist center.

Geneva likes to boast its rich cultural and historical heritage in its many museums, such as the Musee d’Art et de L’Histoire – which houses, among other pieces, a huge collection of exquisite and ancient Egyptian art. The Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain houses artistic exhibits of the late 20th century. It displays the paintings of contemporary artists such as Jenny Holzer, So Le Witt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

The latest addition to its numerous museums is The Bodmer Museum . It houses more than 160,000 objects of mankind's intellect- rare papryri, manuscripts, the earliest printed books, archeological findings tapesteries, musical scores etc.

The Romanesque- Gothic Cathedral of St Pierre occupies the centre of town. This church is not only an architectural delight (if a little ascetic and austere) but has a rich history as well. John Calvin preached here during the 16th century.

Other points of interest include the Hotel de Ville or Town Hall, The Collections Baur mansion displaying Chinese and Japanese artifacts, and the Place Neuve – a colorful square which is also home to the opulent opera house The Grand Theatre .

A prime political center as well as point of tourist interest is the Palais des Nations or Palace of Nations – the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe. It is a beautiful and ornate structure, with stunning murals and bronze torcheres.


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