Reformation Wall

Geneva, Switzerland

The International Monument to the Reformation, usually known as the Reformation Wall, honours many of the main individuals, events, and documents of the Protestant Reformation by depicting them in statues and bas-reliefs.

The Wall is in the grounds of the University of Geneva, which was founded by John Calvin, and was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Calvin's birth and the 350th anniversary of the university's establishment. It is built into the old city walls of Geneva, and the monument's location there is designed to represent the fortifications', and therefore the city of Geneva's, integral importance to the Reformation.

Inaugurated in 1909, it was the culmination of a contest launched to transform that part of the park. The contest involved 71 proposals from around the world, but was won by four Swiss architects: Charles Dubois, Alphonse Laverrière, Eugène Monod, and Jean Taillens (whose other design came third). The sculptures were then created by two French sculptors Paul Landowski and Henri Bouchard.

During the Reformation, Geneva was the centre of Calvinism, and its history and heritage since the sixteenth century has been closely linked to that of Protestantism. Due to the close connections to that theology, the individuals most prominently depicted on the Wall were Calvinists; nonetheless, key figures in other theologies are also included.



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Founded: 1909
Category: Statues in Switzerland

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Luke Phang (2 years ago)
An important piece of history located within the university park, this wall is supposed to commemorate the history of protestantism in Geneva. For such an important asset, it would have been good to have some English explanation somewhere. We had to Google to figure out which statue belonged to who. The park is also quite a relaxing stroll, with public chess boards and shady trees in summer.
Edivio Battistelli Junior (2 years ago)
Vary nice park central in the city downtown with lots of entertainment during summer time. Pretty cool!
Boryana Georgieva (2 years ago)
A lovely place where one can delve a bit more into history. It was a great conversation starter with my friend and we learnt a great deal for the historical figures on that wall
Chaitanya Joshi (2 years ago)
Loved this place. Landed here accidentally but happened to be a perfect place away from chaos and city traffic. Typical picnic feeling
CSJ BM (2 years ago)
The really amazing place the Landowski worked with Bouchard on this piece. The four main figures (John Calvin, William Farel, Theodore Beza and John Knox) were carved together by both sculptors it was inaugurated in 1909 the monument is covered by a beautiful park . The monument was the culmination of a contest launched to transform that part of the park. The contest involved 71 proposals from around the world, and was won by four Swiss architects: Charles Dubois, Alphonse Laverrière, Eugène Monod, and Jean Taillens (whose other design came third).The sculptures were then created by two French sculptors: Paul Landowski and Henri Bouchard. If you ever go to Geneva never miss this place
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