Visited old City Parc with Granite statues of reformers. Huge, austere, almost Stalinist. Not people you would naturally warm to. when you see the full size image of the refromation wall they are even more menacing. Tall. larger-than-life, solid, granite, stern. Some one had put red paint on the head of Calvin So much blood has been spilt in Europe ‘in the name of the Father’
St Paul’s Cathedral, cold granite and polished wood and chandeliers I was left wondering where do the Gargoyles fit in to the scheme of things in this austere interior. A lighter or even darker mood. Stained glass the only colour. The Bell towers offered splendid views of the city and good cardiac exercise.
No wonder Geneve is known as the “Protestant Rome”
Near the cathedral is the International Museum of the Reformation
PERHAPS THE MOST REMARKABLE THING about Geneva's new International Museum of the Reformation is that it has taken so long: in 1959, on the 400th anniversary of the publication of Calvin's Institutes, the idea was first floated that a museum should be founded in Geneva, the Rome of Protestantism. In April the museum finally opened its doors, with an impressive array of objects relating to Calvin and the Reformation in Geneva and its expansion throughout the world.