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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Praba Dani (5 months ago)
Catholic Church with English holy mass in Geneva
Alexandra Diehl (6 months ago)
Beautiful church and kind people. The mass was in English ?
Jean Edgar Merle (12 months ago)
In these covid times, to assist at Mass is a challenge. You either have to register on line one day prior to the event (40 seats available) or be there early, they will admit the first 10 in line, making a total of 50 as per Canton guidelines. Office was great (in French) in a beautiful architectural set up.
Joe Austin (13 months ago)
Beautiful basilica with copious opportunities to receive the sacraments
Rafael Stern (14 months ago)
A great place and a beautiful one where you can pray in peace.
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