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Bustes à l'Athénée

Busts at the Athénée

Various sculptors

Genève /  Bustes à l'Athénée


Nine busts are placed in front of circular niches with the names inscribed above. These nine men were chosen to represent the different eras and the brightest manifestations of national, intellectual and moral development of Genève.
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  1. adhemar fabri
    Adhémar Fabri (La Roche-sur-Foron - Avignon 1388), bishop of Genève in the 14th century (Wikipedia).
  2. bezanson hugues
    Bezanson Hugues (c. 1491-1532?), Swiss political leader and protestant, gave his name to the Huguenots ('Hugues" + 'Eidgenosse' > Huguenot).
  3. jean calvin
    Jean Calvin (Noyon 1509 - Genève 1564), French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation Wikipedia).

    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
  4. michel roset
    Michel Roset (Genève 1534 - Genève 1613), Swiss political figure who, with Theodore Beza, played the most important role in the affairs of Genève after the death of John Calvin in 1564 (Britannica).
  5. j.j. rousseau
    Jean Jacques Rousseau (Genève 1712 - Genève 1778), Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century (Wikipedia).
  6. charles bonnet
    Charles Bonnet (Genève 1720 - Genève 1793), Swiss naturalist and philosophical writer (Wikipedia).

    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
    Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée


  7. h.b. de saussure
    Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (Conches 1740 - Conches 1799), Genevan aristocrat, physicist and Alpine traveller, often considered the founder of alpinism (Wikipedia).
  8. ami lullin
    Ami Lullin (Genève 1748 - Genève 1816), Swiss politician (Wikipedia).
  9. c. pictet de rochemont
    Charles Pictet de Rochemont (Cartigny 1755 - Lancy 1824), Swiss statesman and diplomat who prepared the declaration of Switzerland's permanent neutrality ratified by the great powers in 1815 (Wikipedia).

Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée
Genève - Bustes à l'Athénée

The busts are sculpted by three Genevan sculptors:


Sources & Information


  • Calvin, Jean
  • Dorcière, Louis
  • Dufaux, Auguste Frédéric
  • Fabri, Adhémar
  • Hugues, Bezanson
  • Lullin, Ami
  • Menn, Charles Louis
  • Naturalist
  • Philosopher
  • Pictet de Rochemont, Charles
  • Politician/Statesman
  • Roset, Michel
  • Rousseau, Jean Jacques
  • Saussure, Horace-Bénédict de
  • Theologian
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 46°11'55" - E 6°8'52") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: chge034; Photograph: 5 June 2013
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