Geneva (French: Genève, German: Genf) , Switzerland 's second-most populous city, is one of the world's major centers of international diplomacy, having served as the site of the initial headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Although the United Nations is now headquartered in New York, the organization still retains a large presence in Geneva at the Palais des Nations and many of its sister/child organizations, such as the World Health Organization and ILO. Geneva itself has only 188,000 citizens but 780,000 people live in the metropolitan region (Jan. 2009).
Geneva Tourist Attractions
• Jet d'Eau, One of the crowning symbols of Geneva is the monumental Jet d'Eau, a fountain of water pumped 140m into the air. It's beautifully lit at night. Best viewed from a distance — the surrounding half kilometer is soaked with water.
• Cathédrale St-Pierre, The Cathedral and its towers, originally Catholic, both embody the high point of the Reformed tradition and explore the origins of Christianity with an extensive archaeological site and they are now complemented by the International Museum of the Reformation on the ground floor of the Maison Mallet.
• Palais des Nations, Originally built to house the League of Nations, the Palais is worth visiting just to take in the magnificent Assembly Hall, in addition to the large collection of public art, the library, and the landscaped grounds.
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