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Place des Nations - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Place des Nations, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

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About Place des Nations

Place des Nations is a big square situated in the heart of Geneva's international district, in front of the United Nations headquaters, famous for housing Broken Chair. It is specally proposed as a place to freely express any opinion - political, religious, personal or other. It is thus often full of people demonstrating or filing petitions.


Attractions Near Place des Nations

Broken Chair
Broken Chair0.03km from Place des Nations

Broken Chair is the work of sculptor Daniel Berset. It was made in 1997 for the NGO Handicap International. Made out of 5.5 tonnes of wood and standing at a height of 12 meters, this impressive work of art has been dominating the Place des Nations since 1997. Its message is simple: remember the victims of landmines, urge your government to promote a ban on landmines. It is one of the famous attractions in this area.

Musée Ariana
Musée Ariana0.29km from Place des Nations

The Musée Ariana, also known as the Musée Suisse de la céramique et du Verre, is a museum in Geneva, Switzerland. It is devoted to ceramic and glass artwork and contains around 20,000 objects from the last 1,200 years, representing the historic, geographic, artistic and technological breadth of glass and ceramic manufacture during this time. The collection is the only one of its kind in Switzerland.

The Celestial Sphere
The Celestial Sphere0.43km from Place des Nations

The “Celestial Sphere” is the large, metal sculpture located at the Palais des Nations on the Cour d’honneur easily viewed both from the UN Cafeteria and upstairs in the Assembly Hall from the Salle des pas perdus. The Celestial Sphere was installed in 1939 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the League of Nations and to honor the leadership of American President Woodrow Wilson.

Palais des Nations
Palais des Nations0.43km from Place des Nations

Built between 1929 and 1936 and located at the heart of the Parc de l'Ariana, the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations and is the largest UN centre after New York. More than 25,000 delegates pass through the center each year, and many works of art are on display there. Furthermore, the Palais opens its doors daily and provides fascinating guided tours. It is one of the unique attractions in this area.

United Nations Office at Geneva
United Nations Office at Geneva0.43km from Place des Nations

The United Nations Office at Geneva is housed at the historic Palais des Nations, originally built for the League of Nations in the 1930s. A beautiful art deco building overlooking Lake Geneva, the Palais is the largest center for conference diplomacy in the world. Besides United Nations administration, it also hosts the offices for a number of programmes and funds such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affai

Parc de l'Ariana
Parc de l'Ariana0.46km from Place des Nations

Parc de l’Ariana is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet stroll under beautiful trees surrounded by meadows and lawns. Flowerbeds in full bloom and elegantly trimmed box trees decorate the plateau surrounding the flamboyant Palais de l’Ariana and its baroque fountain. It is a historic and prestigious park in Geneva which was open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year. This lush green public park has many scenic spots and trails for hiking.

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The canton of Geneva is located in the southwestern corner of Switzerland and is considered one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the country. The city of Geneva dominates the economy of the canton. It is a center of commerce, trade, and finance.

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