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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Benita Brown (3 months ago)
Massive monument integrated into the old city wall, at the edge of a vibrant city park. My visit was great respite while staying in a busy urban setting.
Vassiliy Yuzhanin (3 months ago)
Nice park, quite and pleasant in summer. Chdren play yard is there too.
Brad Peppard (4 months ago)
Worth a visit, but don't expect much. Very nice park for a stroll or a game of chess.
Geneva Diva (7 months ago)
Cool playground right next to the wall. Chill place to hang out
Henry Lo (7 months ago)
It's cool in first glance. But its really boring after looking at for 5 seconds. Unless you know what the words on the wall mean.
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