Palace of Nations
14 Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland
022 917 48 96
Palace of Nations Geneva Reviews
Impressive security for an unimpressive place Jun 30, 2014
N46°13.387' E6°8.340' Opposite the International Red Cross building stands an imposing concrete and steal entrance building for the the Palais des Nations. First, visitors are screened just like airline passengers on U.S. airports. It raises the impression that we'll see the inner secrets of the United Nations. Beyond the x-ray and metal detectors is a new queue for a personal interview. After inspection of passports and entering all kind of details into computers, we were cleared for entry and received our visitor badges. Passing security took in total 1½ hour and increased our expectation of our forthcoming tour.
The Palais des Nations was build between 1929 and 1936 to house the now-defunct League of Nations and is home to the United Nations since 1966. Our tour started with the League of Nations building and its old conference rooms, still in use today. The murals tell the story of the emergence of the League of Nations.
The new building is a huge and dated office block in need of a thorough renovation. The new ceiling in the new conference room shows the future. A gift from the Spanish people, a Spanish artist made this piece of art, with associations to underwater and cave scenes in vivid colours. Really impressive.
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