Thursday, January 27, 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva is no ordinary city. Reference may be made - probably accurate - impression that the world should be more than just the same in Switzerland. Whenever there is an international conflict, it is precisely here, on neutral ground trying to resolve it. Geneva is considered the most osmopolitan of all Swiss cities, and picturesque location - on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) - no doubt adds to its charm and makes it a unique place.

Geneva is home to the headquarters of many international organizations such as the United Nations (European headquarters), the World Health Organization, International Labour Organization, the World Trade Organization, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or CERN. Held here one of the largest and most important automotive exhibitions - Salon International de l'Auto.
It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe - more than half of the population has a foreign passport (including those with dual citizenship). There is established in 1559, university, international airport and the headquarters of numerous companies and banks.

Geneva was one of the most important centers of European Enlightenment. In 1712, a watchmaker in the family, was born here, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who visited the town, as a famous person, in 1754, becoming the ongoing conflict in the social side of the young bourgeoisie. In the years 1755-1778 in Ferney-Voltaire, Voltaire lived in Geneva, whose vast estate sought the jet Geneva. Genewczykiem was Jean-Etienne Liotard - the most renowned Swiss painter of the eighteenth century, as well as Michel de Crest, a physicist and surveyor, author of the first measurement-based trigonometric panorama of the Alps. Other prominent citizens of Geneva, was a naturalist Horace de Saussure-Bénédict, one of the first conquerors of the city visible from the highest peak in the Alps - Mont Blanc.