IVI Pilgrimages

April 2009

Pilgrimage to Switzerland

Geneva harbor

Geneva harbor

Having landed in Geneva on Apr 18th, pilgrims have a first glance at the city.

The Notre Dame Church

The Notre Dame Church

The first gathering of all the pilgrims for a common prayer at Notre-Dame, the most important Catholic Church in Geneva

Picnic in the Parc des Bastions

Picnic in the Parc des Bastions

The picnic in the park of the Bastions under a "springy" sun.

The Statue of Calvin

The Statue of Calvin

A stone carving in the park of the Bastions showing Calvin who made of Geneva "the protestant Rome".

On the road from Geneva to Bern

On the road from Geneva to Bern

On the road to the North-East, from Geneva towards Bern.

The bear, the symbol of Bern

The bear, the symbol of Bern

Kramgasse is one of the principal streets of the old Bern. The fountain is topped by an armoured bear, the symbol of Bern.

Federal Palace

Federal Palace

The Federal Palace shelters the chambers which govern Switzerland.

The picturesque streets of Basel

The picturesque streets of Basel

The pilgrims discover the picturesque streets of Basel overlooking the Rhine, at the cross border between Switzerland, France and Germany.

Basel Cathedral

Basel Cathedral

Detail of the cathedral of Basel, built in red sandstone.

The Town Hall Basel

The Town Hall Basel

The Town hall of Basel

The lake of the Four-Cantons

The lake of the Four-Cantons

In Vitznau, at the end of the day, a view of the lake of the Four-Cantons seen from the hotel where the pilgrims stayed.

The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

The interior of the bridge of the Chapel, symbol of Lucerne, is decorated with paintings on wood panels telling the history of the city and its patron saints, Maurice and Leger.

Prayer at a church in Lucerne

Prayer at a church in Lucerne

All the pilgrims gather to pray in a church of Lucerne.

Lake of Lucerne

Lake of Lucerne

Lunch on the boat touring the lake of the Four-Cantons.

Rütli

Rütli

A stop at Rütli, where, on Aug 1, 1291, in the presence of William Tell according to the legend, the first three cantons signed  the union treaty of the confederation.

On the way to Mount Rigi

On the way to Mount Rigi

The following day, the pilgrims travelled by a small rack railway to the top of Mount Rigi.

The summit of Mount Rigi

The summit of Mount Rigi

The flag of Switzerland at the top of Mount Rigi

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

The Mediterranean atmosphere of the Lugano Lake

Saint-Moritz…

Saint-Moritz…

On the way towards Saint-Moritz…

Swiss Landscape

Swiss Landscape

Through the panes of the “Glaciers Express”, the pilgrims admire Switzerland which they crossed from East to West.

Vibrations in the Geneva countryside

Vibrations in the Geneva countryside

Towards a vibrations session in the Genevese countryside.

Remy and his bells

Remy and his bells

Remy, the multi-instrumentalist artist, playing his melodies out of small bells with an incredible dexterity!

Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

A final vision of Switzerland, the 26 cantons which make it up: unity in diversity.

  • Geneva harbor
  • The Notre Dame Church
  • Picnic in the Parc des Bastions
  • The Statue of Calvin
  • On the road from Geneva to Bern
  • The bear, the symbol of Bern
  • Federal Palace
  • The picturesque streets of Basel
  • Basel Cathedral
  • The Town Hall Basel
  • The lake of the Four-Cantons
  • The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Prayer at a church in Lucerne
  • Lake of Lucerne
  • Rütli
  • On the way to Mount Rigi
  • The summit of Mount Rigi
  • Lake Lugano
  • Saint-Moritz…
  • Swiss Landscape
  • Vibrations in the Geneva countryside
  • Remy and his bells
  • Unity in Diversity

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