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Best Historic Venues in Geneva

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Conservatoire de Musique de Genève

Founded in 1835 by François Bartholoni, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève is a premiere music school located in downtown Geneva. It also enjoys the honor of being the oldest institution dedicated to education in the field of music in the country. The internationally acclaimed music event, Geneva International Music Competition was formed at this very prestigious institute in 1939. The place plays host to several music events and concerts throughout the year.

Geneva, Switzerland
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Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, an opera house, is famous not only for its cultural events, but also its picturesque location. It is situated in the middle of the River Rhône. Constructed in the 19th Century, it was originally meant to be a water pumping and hydroelectric station. One can still spot two turbines in the lobby of the establishment. It has a capacity of about 950 seats and hosts ballet, theatre and musical performances. So come to watch the scintillating theatre plays, opera and concerts hosted here. Or simply step in to admire this stunning edifice.

Geneva, Switzerland
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Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, built at the end of the 19th Century in honor of the English queen, is a magnificent concert hall that is both luxurious and acoustically brilliant. Built for classical concerts, the hall is the venue of choice for city-based as well as visiting orchestra groups across the country. The ornate decorative elements and regal ambiance of the hall enhance the performances hosted here. A wide range of cultural events are conducted here throughout the year, which you can't afford to miss. Visit the website for details about upcoming performances.

Geneva, Switzerland
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Grand Théâtre de Genève

Situated on the Boulevard du Théâtre, this grand opera house ardently celebrates the glory of opera, dance, recitals, and occasional theater. Built in 1879, it replaced the Théâtre de Neuve, which had become unable to accommodate the city's growing patronage. Although the original structure suffered damage in a fire the following century, the tenacious opera house was refurbished and reopened to an eager public in 1962. Home to state-of-the-art acoustics, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, with its repertoire of ballet, classical symphonies and choral performances, harks back to the legacy of maestros like Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, and Meyerbeer. Perhaps the most striking feature of this opera house is its grand foyer, a canvas of elegance, set alight by luminescent chandeliers, gilded panels, and vibrant ceiling frescoes. Just minutes from downtown, and opposite the Parc des Bastions, this central attraction boasts both a historic facade and tempting events schedule.

Geneva, Switzerland
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