Famous residents of Geneva
Swiss Geneva is the place of attraction for many celebrities. They chose the city for its mild climate, breathtaking panoramas and high quality of life. Buildings in the center of the city keep the spirit and the great history.
From time to time Geneva became home for such writers as Lord George Byron, Rene Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Balzac, Dickens, Georges Vand, Flaubert, Hugo, Alexander Dumas, Fedor Dostoevskiy, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Guy de Maupassant, Stephen Cooper, Roman Roldan, Mary Shelley, Scott Fitzgerald lived here for some time.
Artists such as William Turner, Jean Courbet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cezanne also stayed here. The city attracted great composers such as Wolfgang Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Richard Wagner.
In addition, Geneva became a home to such famous actors as Sarah Bernard, Dude, Joseph Talma, Jean Poulain, Coquelin brothers and Jean Sorel. However, the most famous residents of the city of Geneva were John Calvin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
One of the chief leaders of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin lived in Geneva since 1536 until his death. On his way to the safe-haven of Fribourg after fleeing Catholic France, he stopped in Geneva for only one night and then stayed forever here.
William Farrel persuaded Calvin to help him to reform churches in Geneva. Such way John Calvin became the city’s Protestant preacher who led the religious reformation here. He gave his inspiring sermons in the St.Pirre’s Cathedral located in the heart of the Old Town.
Here, inside the cathedral a Calvin’s wooden chair can be seen.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a philosopher and a great thinker of the 18th century lived in Geneva. He was born in 1712 the heart of the city, at Grand-Rue 40. This house still is a home for literature and philosophy debates.
Rousseau spent in Geneva his childhood and adolescence. The small park in the middle of the Rhone River has the name after Rousseau. L’Ile Rousseau is a popular place to have a coffee and an apero during sunny days in spring and summer.