Geneva 200 6604On May 19, 2015, Geneva will recognize the 200th anniversary of the date the canton formally became part of the Swiss Confederation.

The anniversary concludes a celebration of Geneva’s bicentennial that began nearly two years ago. Last summer our blogger Alpenhorn wrote, “on June 1, 1814, approximately 300 Confederate troops from Fribourg and Solothurn landed at the Port Noir. They disembarked their boats yelling “Vive Genève. Vive la République. Vive le nouveau canton!” This symbolic gesture demonstrated that in the minds of the Swiss, Geneva was already part of Switzerland.

Tomorrow, Geneva celebrates with a performance by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at Victoria Hall (entrance free with advance reservation; click here for more information). Other events marking the bicentennial include an exposition of 72 banners and flags along the Pont du Mont-Blanc; 100 plaques along the Quai Wilson describing key events in Geneva from 1814 to today; the exposition “Devenir Suisse” at Maison Tavel; and more.

Access the full program of events at the website.


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