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Chapel of the Maccabees

Gaze up at the spectacular ceiling paintings and note how the sunlight penetrates the stained-glass windows in this magnificent chapel.

The Chapel of the Maccabees is the most decorated and iconic part of the majestic Cathedral of St. Pierre. Constructed at the beginning of the 15th century as a cardinal’s tomb, the site has a rich history entwined with gunpowder, academia and music. Stroll along the quaint cobbled lanes of Geneva’s historic center to reach the entrance of this Gothic masterpiece.

Attend a concert in this spectacular setting and enjoy the unique acoustics. The chapel is available to rent for weddings and other ceremonies. Arrive on a sunny afternoon, when rays of light diffuse through the marvelous stained-glass windows, generating an enchanting ambiance.

Capture photos of the ornate ceiling, painted with angels floating on a blue sky. Marvel at the gilded pulpit adorned with eagle, winged lion and angel statues. The ornate decoration contrasts greatly with the austere Calvinist elements of the rest of the cathedral. Among the intriguing features is a Walcker organ installed in 1889 and placed atop the cardinal’s tomb.

Consider the chapel’s multifaceted past. It became a warehouse for salt and gunpowder during the Reformation period, before being used by professors of philosophy for lectures at the end of the 1600s. In the 19th century, the structure underwent a repair and redecoration process to restore its former glory.

Visit the anthropology museum beneath the church. Wander through the charming alleys of Geneva’s historic Old Town and snap photos of historic buildings. Admire the Geneva skyline from afar, with the Cathedral of St. Pierre among the most prominent visible structures.

Enter the chapel for free. It is open to the public daily year-round from morning until early evening. Exact times vary throughout the year.

The Chapel of the Maccabees is in a hidden corner of the Cathedral of St. Pierre in Geneva’s Old Town. The church is a little southeast of the central part of the city. Take a bus or tram to one of the stops near the cathedral. Visit other sights, including the Museum of Art and History, the Russian Orthodox Church of Geneva and the University of Geneva.


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Hotel Royal $167
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Hotel Royal

Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Flower Clock, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also within 2 mi (3 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

    ibis Geneve Centre Gare $96
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    ibis Geneve Centre Gare

    10 Rue Voltaire, Geneva, GE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 mi (3 km). Lyon Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Coutance Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

      Hôtel Longemalle $248
      Hôtel Longemalle

      Hôtel Longemalle

      Place Longemalle 13, Geneva, GE
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Geneva, this hotel is steps from City Center Shopping Area and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hôtel International & Terminus $100
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        Hôtel International & Terminus

        Rue des Alpes 20, Geneva, GE
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hôtel de La Cigogne $262
          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          17, place Longemalle, Geneva
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from City Center Shopping Area and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

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            Mandarin Oriental Geneva

            1, Quai Turrettini, Geneva, GE
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Rues Basses - Old Town and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bel-Air Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              NH Geneva City $105
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              NH Geneva City

              Avenue Wendt 42 - 44, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smurphs Buildings, Flower Clock, and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 3 mi (5 km). Servette Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Vieusseux Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

                Hôtel Les Armures $340
                Hôtel Les Armures

                Hôtel Les Armures

                1, rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva, GE
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapel of the Maccabees and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Molard Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Rive Tram Stop is 6 minutes.