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Friday, July 8, 2011

World Tour Guides to Geneva

World tour places: Geneva is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland after Zurich and is the most populous city of Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. While the municipality itself has a population as of December 2010 of 191,415, the canton of Geneva, which includes the city, has 457,628 residents. Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important UN international co-operation centre with New York. It is also the place where the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concerns the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war.

Geneva has been described as the third European financial centre after London and Zurich, and the world's eighth most important financial centre by the Global Financial Centers Index, ahead of Frankfurt and Sydney, and a 2009 survey by Mercer found Geneva to have the third-highest quality of life of any city in the world. The city has been referred to as the world's most compact metropolis and the Peace Capital. In 2009, Geneva was ranked as the fourth most expensive city in the world. There are 82 buildings or sites in Geneva that are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance and the entire old city of Geneva is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

Religious Buildings: Cathedral St-Pierre et Chapel des Macchabes, Notre-Dame Church, Russe Church, St-Germaine Church, Temple de la Fusterie, Temple de l'Auditoire. Civic Buildings: Former Arsenal and Archives of the City of Genève, Former Credit Lyonnais, Former Hotel Buisson, Former Hotel du Resident de France et Bibliotheque de la Societe de lecture de Geneve, Former ecole des arts industrials, University of Geneva, Victoria Hall. Archeological Sites: Fondation Baur and Museum of the arts d'Extreme-Orient, Parc et campagne de la Grange and Library Bronze Age shore settlement of Plonjon, Temple de la Madeleine archeological site, Temple Saint-Gervais archeological site, Old City with celtic, roman and medieval villages.

Museums: Conservatoire de musique at Place Neuve 5, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain, Ile Rousseau and statue, Institute and Museum of Voltaire with Library and Archives, Mallet House and Museum international de la Reforme, They particularly fond of the Promenade des Bastions, previously a botanical garden. Amble through the gates and you will come across the giant chess boards where you may either watch or challenge a colourful crowd of regulars. The park is famous for its Reformation Monument (over 100m long) which commemorates the role of Swiss and European Protestant reformers and reminds the visitor that the city remains under the influence of Calvin's doctrines.

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