Switzerland, Geneva – The Capital of Peace II
Last time, we made a brief note on the fact that Geneva is home to many international organizations and that there is the Palace of the Nations, the UN headquarters.
To not confuse you more, the United Nations have their HQ in New York. However, the HQ of the UN in Geneva is also very important and hundreds of international meetings happen there every year.
The palace's construction started in 1929. It was supposed to be the headquarters of the League of Nations, a half-forgotten international organization established in 1920 to keep peace around the world. The Great War was still a fresh memory to many. Therefore, this organization was held with such a promise.
Grand plans of the League of Nations expected a large building to be built for it. It was finished in 1936. Only Versailles surpassed it in size. In the 1940s, the palace became the headquarters of the United Nations and several floors were added. Also, new buildings were added. The entire compound is made in the Classicist style. It is over 600 meters long and inside you may find 2800 offices.
We leave the Palace of the Nations for St. Pierre Cathedral. The cathedral’s construction began in the 11th century already. Its mostly a Gothic-style building. In the 18th century a neoclassicist façade was added. It was in this very cathedral where John Calvin held his sermons.
In case you would like to slow down a little bit head toward Geneva lake. There you can find Genève. The ship no longer sails but it provides a fascinating vista over Jet d'Eau fountain. Genève was constructed in 1896 and it was one of the very first ships of the era called Belle Époque translated as beautiful times. These are the years 1890-1914 which were known for progress in technology, peace, economic boom across Europe. Genève is also known as the place of murder of Elizabeth of Bavaria also known as Sissi. She was the wife of Austrian-Hungary Emperor Franz Joseph I.
Once you have enough of sitting and you will find will to try something different than historical landmarks, go to the famous CERN where the exhibition Microcosm takes place. There you learn interesting things about our the composition of our universe and also about the Big Bang.
GPS: (Palace of the Nations) 46°13'35.3"N 6°08'25.2"E
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Pablo Pariente, Yann,Yann (2), Tryfon Kar, Moumou82, Julia Lukmanova
Swiss Zurich is not only a very cosmopolitan city where everyone feels really like at home, but also an area that the history can touch you very intensively. This is true despite the fact that most sites you can see not in one day, but few hours. Despite this the people remains on their memory, which are hardly deletes from the head.
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An equivalent for Swiss Verkerhaus could be perhaps the National Technical Museum in Prague but it is no competition for the larges museum of traffic in Europe that is located in Lucerne.
Engelberg resort town is a starting place to our trip. It is known for rich system of bike trails and hike trails. Also skiers will enjoy the place in winter. Engelberg, one can say, is in the center of Switzerland, in Obwalden canton at 1050 meters.
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The Alpine Venice - truly fitting nickname for this small town in Haute-Savoie. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote after he visited the town: „Now I have been happy. Now I have lived.“
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We remain in Europe this time. Our goal is Geneva which is nicknamed the capital of peace. Geneva is the second largest city after Zurich. It is known as the home of many international organizations (WHO, CERN, OSN etc.). One of its major landmarks is the famous Palace of the Nations (Palais des Nations). We will talk about it next time.
Last time, we concluded our article at Besancon cathedral. The city itself is home to over one hundred thousand people. However, add 23 thousand students of Université de Franche-Comté. Besancon has been its home since 1621. The university was founded earlier, however, in 1423.
Today, we take you once again to Zurich. This time we visit ETH Zurich university, one of world's leading universities in technology and nature sciences.
Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc - is respected by climbers. There are many trails leading to the top, but one of them, the so-called normal, is the most commonly used. And I'm going to introduce it to you today. It is said that along this trail it is easy to reach the summit. But it can come with a price. But the truth is that this trail may be deadly. And I was really curious to see what the actual truth behind this is.
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So here she is, Lady Winter. The temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius, you can find snow even in lower attitudes, and on roads are snowdrifts. These things occur every single year. If you hadn’t thought where to spend your winter vacation yet, maybe toady you will search for some interesting ski vacation in the Alps.
The capital of the Canton of Lucerne, a city that already in the middle-ages used to be called a city of bridges. Today it has the same nickname. Everything stayed same. During your first walk through the city it will come to your mind that the citizens have sufficient amount of bridges. Maybe you will think that this is the most beautiful city you have ever seen.
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