Palace of Nations

Geneva, Switzerland

The Palace of Nations is the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva. It was built between 1929 and 1938 to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations. The palace was at the time of completion the second-largest building complex in Europe after Versailles.

The Palace is located in Ariana Park, which was bequeathed to the City of Geneva in 1890 by Gustave de Revilliod de la Rive, on several conditions: i.a. that the park always remain accessible to the public and that he be buried in the park. The park also contains a 1668 chalet.

Beneath the Palace of Nations's foundation stone is a time capsule containing a document listing the names of the League of Nations member states, a copy of the Covenant of the League, and specimen coins of all the countries represented at the league's Tenth Assembly. A medal showing the Palace of Nations with the Jura Mountains in the background was struck in silvered bronze.

The building overlooks Lake Geneva and has a clear view of the French Alps.



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Founded: 1929-1938
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Switzerland


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andreas S (11 months ago)
A great place to get an intense impression of the UNITED NATIONS' glory, history, tremendous efforts and achievements for humanity - despite all those denying or neglecting that... highly recommend the guided tours !
Siddarth Rupani (11 months ago)
A must visit if you are visiting Geneva. If you are looking to not go inside but just spend time outside, give it 30 mins to 1 hour depending on how many photos you would like to click at the UN and the broker chair which are at the same location.
Anuradha Echambadi (11 months ago)
A really big place. But reaching it once we cross the main gates is a little confusing and especially gruelling to persons with physical disabilities. Those moving around in a wheelchair can do so very easily as accessibility is perfect. But for those not using one, very difficult. One of my friends was suggesting if they were to have some carts around for disabled people to move in and around, it would make this place the most accessible on the planet.
Duca Duke (12 months ago)
Stunningly beautiful architecture & building interiors, along with senior diplomats & ambassadors from 193 countries around the world... hard-core multilingual & multicultural, love it, wow!
rituraj gogoi (12 months ago)
An altogether superb experience wherein the seat of world power can be experienced in a beautiful surrounding. Some peaceful demonstration was going on and that added to the whole feel of the place. Felt great to see so many countries and different cultures coming together at one place. Definitely recommend and coming back again :)
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