There are various museums that should not be missed: the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations; the museum of the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; the Art and History museum, which covers the whole history of Western culture and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, with a vast array of Western art from the last half of the 20th century.
Geneva also boasts many parks, including the Jardin Anglais where thousands of plants are used to decorate the Floral Clock; the Botanical Gardens, located just below the Palais des Nations, which include a park stocked with deer and flamingos; and the Ile Rousseau, a relaxing, green islet on the river.
... More The city’s political, economic and religious life was influenced largely by Jean Calvin’s particular version of the Reformation. During the Enlightenment in the 18th century, Rousseau and Voltaire contributed to Geneva’s intellectual prosperity, and to a humanistic culture that eventually led Henry Dunant to found the Red Cross movement. Always an independent city, Geneva did not join the Swiss Confederation until 1815, nearly 500 years after Bern and Zurich. Geneva was firmly established as an important international city when it became home in 1919 of the League of Nations.
Geneva’s population today is 175,000. The main economy includes the manufacture of precision instruments and watchmaking. It boasts a thriving chemical industry and the headquarters of various international organizations and companies.
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