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About Brunswick Monument

Built in 1879 to celebrate the life of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick, the Brunswick Monument is essentially a mausoleum designed in a Neo-gothic style. 

Looming at 21 meters, the monument is a striking replica of Verona’s fourteenth-century Scaligeri family tomb. The Duke came to Geneva in August of 1870, nearly 40 years after having been exiled from his Duchy. He earned quite a fortune in Paris and after visiting countless other European cities, he decided to make Geneva his home.

Being unmarried, he left all his possessions, over 22 million francs, to the city of Geneva in his will, accompanied by two clauses - one, that he be buried properly in a mausoleum located above ground in a remarkable location in Geneva and second, that his mausoleum be a standing replica of the Scaligeri family tomb.

Out of this inheritance, 2 million francs were spent to build this very mausoleum. Since its construction in 1879, the monument has undergone a couple of renovations after two earthquakes and a particularly bitter winter. 

Timings: Open 24 hours, every day

Location: Jardin des Alpes, Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva
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