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A city of symbols


Since time immemorial, Geneva has played a pivotal role in mankind’s history. Here, economic activities have almost always flourished, a fact that owes nothing to chance given that the city is home to institutions such as the United Nations and other major international organisations.

The city is divided into two parts: the Right Bank and the Left Bank. The city centre close to Cornavin Station also has a distinctive identity.


A little history


The city has been dominated by different peoples in its history, with Franks, Burgundians and Romans all leaving their mark. Geneva became independent at the end of the 13th century.
The Protestant Reformation took root in 1536 with Jean Calvin.

In 1798 Geneva was occupied by the French and became the administrative centre of the Department of Léman.

On 31 December 1813 the Republic was restored, and Geneva joined Switzerland in 1815.


Historic dates to remember:


  • In 1863 the International Committee of the Red Cross was established in the city.
  • The following year, the pillars of international humanitarian law were consigned to paper with the signing of the first Geneva Convention.
  • In 1919 Geneva became home to the League of Nations.



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