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Arsenal: photos, description (Arsenal)

Geneva Arsenal was built in the XIV century and was originally intended for storage of food reserves, respectively, and was called Urban Barn. Later, during the reformation, when plentifully shed the blood of all people, regardless of faith and Catholics and Protestants, it was used as a weapons depot and military barracks.

In the XIX century the building was restored and transferred to the city authorities, who gave it to the city archive and Museum of the history of Switzerland. The archive contains important documents directly related to the Affairs of the city and its history, and in the Museum you can find a large collection of weapons of different times. Now at the entrance to the Arsenal are five guns (brought from Genoa and cast at different times) from this collection.

Wall of the Armoury at the entrance is decorated with three frescoes depicting the most important, according to residents, the events of the city's history: the arrival of Julius Caesar, the reception of Huguenot refugees during the reformation and the first trade fair. Fairs are held here in our time. During religious holidays in front of the gate of the Arsenal in addition to the unfolding of the fair traditionally cooked and served a vegetable soup in commemorative cups.

Since the 19th century and to this day, the Arsenal is a Museum which exhibits many relics of the Swiss state, and the main municipal archive of Geneva. He is one of the main attractions are actually must-visit by tourists. Almost every guided tour has a stop near him.