The Brunswick Monument is a mausoleum built in 1879 in the Jardin des Alpes in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate the life of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick (1804–1873). He bequeathed his fortune to the city of Geneva in exchange for a monument to be built in his name, specifying that it be a replica of the Scaliger Tombs in Verona, Italy. The Grand Théâtre de Genève, opened in 1879, was built with the legacy.
In his will drawn up on 5 March 1871, Charles left his entire estate to the city of Geneva with a single stipulation; that a mausoleum be built for him in Geneva "in a prominent position and worthy", that it should feature statues of his father, Frederick William, and his grandfather, Charles William Ferdinand, and that it should imitate the style of the 14th century Scaliger Tombs in Verona. Accordingly, a design was chosen by the Swiss architect Jean Franel. Sited on the Quai du Mont-Blanc, it is built in three storeys of white marble with a hexagonal canopy over a sarcophagus bearing a recumbent figure of the duke. At the projecting corners are marble statues of six notable ancestors of the House of Guelph by various sculptors, and a bronze equestrian statue of Duke William by the French sculptor Auguste Cain was originally mounted at the top of the spire. The monument stands on a platform 65 meters long and 25 meters wide and is guarded by marble chimeras and lions, also by Cain.
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Kyle MacDonald | Feb 6, 2018
Interesting monument, no information at it though. Looks like there is a crypt or tomb in it, so it's not your typical monument.
Alina Parau | Jan 17, 2018
Nice little square right on the water, with an amazing little restaurant/café! Great for a quick break while taking in the sights of Geneva and the Jet d'eau!
Mace de la Fuente | Feb 21, 2018
Nice place around the monument to seat and have a look of the lake.
Daniel Shepherd | Dec 1, 2017
A lovely place to visit. It has a nice park attached and is very close to the lake.
Paul Green | Feb 11, 2018
Beautiful work as you walk around the lake.
Agha Bustamam | May 14, 2018
It was good. Plenty of open space. I saw a lot of people having picnics. Definitely a must to see when you're in Switzerland. Especially when you're in Geneva. You can see the fountain right across the lake. The View Around The Lake it's definitely a must-see. There's a small quaint Cafe / restaurant and it's very Charming.
Zygmunt Borowski | Jun 7, 2018
"Brunswick Monument" to mauzoleum o wysokości 21 m, zbudowane w 1879 roku w stylu neogotyckim, dla upamiętnienia Karola II, księcia Brunszwiku. Książę będąc na wygnaniu od 1830 roku, przebywając między innymi w Paryżu, dorobił się ogromnej fortuny. Następnie przeniósł się do Genewy, gdzie w 1871 roku książę podarował cały swój majątek miastu Genewa. Warunkiem było jednak pochowanie jego ciała w specjalnie zbudowanym mauzoleum. Miało być nad ziemią, na wzór grobowców Scaligeri w Weronie z widokiem na Jezioro Genewskie. Pozostała część fortuny została przekazana na na potrzeby miasta Genewa. W rok po ukończeniu pomnika powstały pierwsze szkody, spowodowane przez dwa trzęsienia ziemi i szczególnie surową zimę. Zostały one usunięte w 1883 roku.- - The Brunswick Monument is a mausoleum with a height of 21 m, built in 1879 in the neo-Gothic style, to commemorate Charles II, the Duke of Brunswick. The prince, being in exile from 1830, staying among others in Paris, made a huge fortune. He then moved to Geneva, where in 1871 the prince gave his entire fortune to the city of Geneva. The condition, however, was to bury his body in a specially constructed mausoleum. It was supposed to be above the ground, like the Scaligeri tombs in Verona with a view of Lake Geneva. The rest of the fortune was transferred for the needs of the city of Geneva. A year after the monument was completed, the first damage was caused by two earthquakes and especially severe winter. They were removed in 1883.
Paulo Costa | May 27, 2018
Must visit. Great views over lake. Enjoy a drink in the Cottage Cafe...
Zdeslav | May 8, 2018
I loved the place. It’s good for a quick break while exploring the city. Worth taking a look!
Montilla Europamundo | May 17, 2018
A landmark of Geneva at Paquis. Nice to get there and return crossing lake Leman on taxi boat. 1 hour public transportation 2.70 CHF
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