Basilica of Our Lady of Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

The Basilica Notre-Dame of Geneva is the main Roman Catholic church in Geneva. The church was built according to the design of Alexandre Grigny between 1852 and 1857 on the site of a former stronghold fortifications. This neo-Gothic building, whose appearance is partly inspired by the Beauvais Cathedral, could break ground thanks to the city of Geneva, which had ceded land to religious communities to build places of worship, and through donations and manual labor provided by the Geneva Catholics.

After the coming to power of an anti-clerical government, Notre Dame was occupied on June 5, 1875 and closed. This occupation is accompanied by a protest against the Roman Catholic and more unrests. The commitment of Catholics to this sanctuary becomes even greater. Notre-Dame was bought by the Catholic Church in 1911–1912.

On December 5, 1954, Bishop François Charrière, diocesan bishop, pronounced in the name of Pope Pius XII the elevation of the shrine to the rank of minor basilica.

The oldest art works of the basilica date back to the time immediately preceding the Protestant Reformation like a carved wood panel with bas-relief image of the Virgin Mary, mutilated with an ax by Protestants.

The stained glass windows of the basilica are particularly remarkable. Some are semi-industrial production neo-gothic, but most show the evolution of the art of stained glass during the twentieth century, in various styles, after those of Claudius Lavergne (installed from 1857 to 1875).



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Founded: 1852-1857
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Benedict Uy (11 months ago)
Beautiful church close to the main Geneva train Station. Really intricate structure outside the church. I wasn't able to go in to look around though.
Musicanna Obieta (11 months ago)
We attended the holy morning mass today 16th of April 2019..we are all devastated and saddened of what happened in Paris yesterday monday evening..pervent prayers for our world-famous French suffers...our Lady of Paris, Notre Dame.
Kimberly Scott (11 months ago)
This basilica is a miniature version of Notre Dame in Paris. May you find the greatness of Gods' grace, truth, and mercy, for up out of the ashes of fire comes the Righteous of the Risen Christ Jesus. Even out of failure His Forgiveness is available to you! He is risen! Christ Jesus is Gods' gift to you - He is your Savior, your Redeemer, your Deliverer! All Glory to God the God of all heavens, earth, and creation. Grace, peace, love, and joy be yours for all eternity through Christ Jesus. Amen.
Sara Grummer-Strawn (11 months ago)
Beautiful church. French masses. English mass at 7:00pm Sunday.
Tanja Alendar (13 months ago)
Historic catholic church. Attended an english language mass and met faithfuls from diverse nations including africa.
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