The Temple de la Madeleine is one of the oldest churches in Geneva. The first signs of a chapel in the same place have been found since the time of the Romans.
From this time on, churches were demolished or rebuilt and replaced by larger ones. In the 15th century, the church was rebuilt, after a further fire, in its present Gothic form. The church was one of the richest in the Middle Ages. With the Reformation, the Church, in its new simple and objective form, is transformed into a “temple protestant” and the name has been changed from “Eglise de la Sainte Marie-Madeleine” to “Temple de la Madeleine”. Among others, Guillaume Farel and Jean Calvin preached there.
Since 1926, the Temple de la Madeleine has been made available by the Eglise Protestant de Genève to the Swiss-German Reformed Parish of Geneva. Just as it is today, it shows itself since 1975, after the last renovation. It offers very good acoustics and is therefore very much in demand to perform concerts. In the tower of the church hangs the oldest bell of Geneva, it dates from 1420 and gives the people with their hourly strike still the daytime to hear today.
We wish you a pleasant tour of our church and hope that you will be able to breathe through the silence in the middle of the busy city.
The description of the glass windows, seen above as slides, can be found in the following visitor plan under the following numbers:
Slides 1 – 3 = 7A, 7B, 7C (A. Mairet)
Slides 4 – 6 = 9 A, 9 B, 9 C (J. Venturelli)
Slides 7-9 = 11, 13, 15 (J. Venturell)