Feb 27, 2022
Cathédrale de St-Pierre is one of the oldest attractions in Geneva, sitting dominantly on a hill overseeing the city. It is of great architectural importance as the style of the design of the building ranges from Gothic to Ancient illustrating its construction which was extended over several centuries. At its highest point, the north and south towers of the building offer an unbelievable view over the city.
The site has recently revealed some discoveries of historical interest with an excavation uncovering remains of the Roman Empire.
Fraser Suites Geneva is one of the closest hotels near the iconic tourist attraction, Cathédrale de St Pierre. When staying in our serviced apartments you will not only be able to admire the Cathedral from our Rue de la Rôtisserie facing studios, you will be situated just a mere 350 metres walk from the attraction. A casual walk or a brisk evening stroll is a great activity and an exciting way to explore the area and take in the surrounding architecture. With easy access to this marvellous sight, our knowledgeable front desk team can offer directions and assistance for transportation from our hotel close to Cathédrale de St Pierre.
Nestled in the city’s old town, it is known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Inside the church is a wooden chair used by Calvin.
Frasers Suites Geneva can offer luxury and comfort for your stay in one of the most important and beautiful cities in the world. As one of the closest hotels near Cathédrale de St Pierre, our location in the heart of the city next to the main shopping and financial district of Rue Du Marché is the perfect base for tourists and corporate travellers alike. Our luxury serviced apartments are also just a short drive from Geneva International Airport and other attractions such as the Palais des Nations and Geneva Arena. You’ll find that our 67 suites are the perfect accommodation choice for lone travellers, couples, families or groups.
The area beneath the Cathedral has recently been excavated extensively, revealing a previously unknown history of the site dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. From the 8th to the 10th centuries it was one of three cathedrals that existed on the site. The present building has grown from a place of worship devoted to ecclesiastical use and an early Christian cult; the other two structures, which amalgamated together in the 12th century by the growth of the surviving building, were apparently for different uses, one for public sacraments and the other for church education.
The architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Pierre has undergone various reconstruction works during the course of its long and interesting history. Its first phase of structural change dates as far back as 1160 and lasted nearly a century. Under the Reformation, it became a Protestant place of worship from 1535.
Discover an amazing archaeological site
The remains of a basilica, mosaic paintings, walls, rooms and flooring from buildings centuries’ old – even dating back to the 4th century - were recently discovered here. Ultimately these historical findings prove the establishments of a city in ancient times where Geneva currently stands.
Visit the museum to learn more about the archaeological site where you can see artefacts and rooms such as the Roman Crypt, Monk’s Cells and several fascinating movies portraying the history of the area.
During your trip here, you can also learn about the largest collection of Gothic and Romanesque artefacts in Switzerland which is housed in the cathedral.
Tower above the city
The effort to climb the 157 steps to the top of the towers is well worth taking the time to do with an amazing panoramic view of the city and Lake Geneva, so remember to bring your camera for a great photo opportunity.
Open year-round, the two tall towers have long spiral staircases to get an unbeatable view of Geneva and its surrounding landscape including the mesmerising Jet d’Eau water fountain on the Lake. The South tower is a little more special as it has an open-air balcony where you can walk around to get the perfect picture. Buy entry tickets from the reception desk inside the souvenir shop. It’s worthwhile noting that the North and South towers are connected at half-height. There is a maze of staircases and narrow routes as the towers connect, however it does make it easy to visit both towers without having to walk down and up the other.
While you are here listen out for the bells of the tower clock as they strike on each hour followed by the play of the glockenspiel – you may even hear the Swiss National anthem. The chimes of the clock are heard throughout the city and are a heart-warming reminder of the city’s heritage and culture.
At the end of your excursion remember to stop by the souvenir shop for a special memento of your trip or a gift for friends and family.
Whether you are staying at Fraser Suites Geneva for a few nights or longer, our beautifully designed rooms are bright and spacious incorporating a fully-fitted kitchenette, separate dining and living area and bedroom. Our studio apartments are ideal for traveller’s on-the-go – take advantage of your in-suite Nespresso machine, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and electric safe. If you are staying for 90 days or more in Geneva, our apartments are the ideal residences. Guests are treated to 24-hours gym access, complimentary Wi-Fi around the building and are welcomed to our breakfast room each day to try our delicious buffet breakfasts and tasty coffees.
Our award-winning staff will ensure you have a delightful stay with us, making sure that every aspect of your stay in comfortable and enjoyable. We look forward to having you stay with us at Fraser Suites Geneva – make your reservation here to enjoy staying in our hotel near Cathédrale de St Pierre and all that the Swiss gem of Geneva has to offer.