Tapesearch Logo

5 Sites in Calvin’s Geneva

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.81.6K Ratings

🗓️ 15 May 2024

⏱️ 5 minutes

🧾️ Download transcript


What sites should you visit if you were to take a trip to Geneva, Switzerland? Today, Stephen Nichols points out five landmarks from this city filled with a treasury of history from John Calvin's life.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-sites-in-calvins-geneva/

A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.ligonier.org/donate/

Explore all of our podcasts: https://www.ligonier.org/podcasts

Audio player


Click on a timestamp to play from that location


Welcome back to another episode of five minutes in church history.


Back in 58 BC, Julius Caesar arrived in Geneva.


Now, if you were to arrive in Geneva today, I would suggest five sites for you to visit to get a sense of Calvin's Geneva.


The first is the site of Calvin's house.


It is on Calvin Street and just outside of where his house would have stood


there is Calvin's well and it is actually the well from which Calvin would have drawn water and right near the well is a street


light. It is the last remaining streetlight of the 16th century streetlights. It


really wasn't so much a streetlight as it was


holding a fire pot to illumine the street as Calvin made his way back home


after a long day at the Cathedral.


Well, he lived in that house from 1554 to 1564


at the time of his death.


And after he died, Theodore Baza moved in


and he lived there from 1564 to 1605. The house was demolished


in 1706 and a big building was built on the side of it and today it houses the offices of the secondary schools of Geneva


but there is a plaque and the street upon which it sits is named Calvin Street.


So that's the first site. The second is named Calvin Street.


So that's the first site.


The second site is where Calvin worked, the cathedral of St. Peter's.


Christianity came to Geneva in 313. And from the 400s on there was a church on this site. It was in the


1100s that construction began on the cathedral and in 1536 in the square right in front of the cathedral the town of Geneva


gathered and voted to become a reformed city and there Calvin preached and of


Please login to see the full transcript.

Disclaimer: The podcast and artwork embedded on this page are from Ligonier Ministries, and are the property of its owner and not affiliated with or endorsed by Tapesearch.

Generated transcripts are the property of Ligonier Ministries and are distributed freely under the Fair Use doctrine. Transcripts generated by Tapesearch are not guaranteed to be accurate.

Copyright © Tapesearch 2024.