Geneva Switzerland about 1892

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The most beautiful and the most populous of Swiss cities is Geneva. Its situation is delightful. Lying at the southern end of its incomparably colored lake fifty-five miles in length, it commands also a charming view of the snow-clad chain of Mt. Blanc, and is within a few hours’ drive of Chamonix. The old part of the town, though clean, is not especially attractive; but all the new portion of the city bordering the lake is enchanting. Handsome bridges cross from one shore to the other above the arrowy waters of the river Rhone, which here emerges from Lake Geneva with crystaline clearnesss. In the centre of the stream and reached by one of these bridges is the sharply pointed “Island of Rousseau,” containing a bronze statue of that famous novelist and philosopher, who has made the region of this lake so well known in his romance of the “Nouvelle Heloise.” The quays of Geneva are ornamented with stately hotels and elegant jewelry shops, which make of this part of the town a miniature edition of a Parisian boulevard. The excursions which can be made from Geneva to Vevay, Montreux, the Castle of Chillon, Lausanne (the home of Gibbon), and Ferney (the abode of Voltaire), all close beside the lake, render this city a charming place of sojourn. The historic souvenirs of Geneva are also full of interest. Its prominent position at the time of the Reformation is of course well known. Geneva was the home of Calvin himself. In or near it also have lived many illustrious literary geniuses like Gibbon and Madame de Stael, to whom the world is forever indebted. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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