Statues and Monuments in Geneva

Visitors to Geneva, Switzerland are greeted with many fine and interesting statues and sculptures, all depicting an era or a story. These statues blend so well with the landscape that it is hard to tell who is the imposter!

During my recent visit, I had the chance to photograph a few – some of those can be seen here below!

The picture of the boy and the horse (top) and this nude girl below are by Swiss sculptor Heinz Schwarz (1920 -1994) was considered a genius.

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“Clementine” is is considered a symbol of solidarity for women and girls – especially those forced into prostitution – Sculptor Schwarz

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The statue of Charles Pictet de Rochemont, a statesman and diplomat who prepared the declaration of Switzerland’s permanent neutrality ratified by the great power in 1815.

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Statue of late Sergio Vieira de Mello, a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

I do wish I had more time to spend photographing statues, but I will keep that for another visit. For those looking for statues around the city, there are a few interesting ones near the UN offices as well.

Brunswick Monument

Brunswick Monument

Of all the famous landmarks in Geneva, Brunswick Monument overlook the lake is actually a mausoleum built in 1879 to commemorate the life of Charles II, the Duke of Brunswick.  He bequeathed his fortune to the city of Geneva in exchange for a monument to be built in his name. Hence it stands there, a silent testimony to a life lived.

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I am not sure if this is a permanent structure, but you can see this near the Light House facing the water fountain.

2 comments

  1. I did not know about Brunswick’s donation to Geneva. But why did he do it? Just for a monument to be made for him? Weird!

    • He donated all his property 🙂 its a beautiful monument nevertheless. There is a hotel right next to it – and he lived there for a few years permanently as well.

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