A report on GenevaVaudSwitzerland and House of Savoy

A view of Geneva by Frances Elizabeth Wynne, 4 August 1858
Hautecombe Abbey, where many of the dukes are buried.
L'Escalade is what Genevans call the failed surprise attack of 12 December 1602 by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, to take Geneva. This imaginative image was drawn by Matthias Quad, or the workshop of Frans Hogenberg, around 1603. Invaders are pictured crossing the moat in the center left while reinforcements are entering Plainpalais at the bottom. A column of defenders is in the center, headed toward the Savoyards. Lake Léman is at center top.
Logo of the canton of Vaud
A map of Italy in 1494.
Aerial view (1966)
Roman column in Nyon
Founded in 44 BC by Lucius Munatius Plancus, Augusta Raurica (near Basel) was the first Roman settlement on the Rhine and is now among the most important archaeological sites in Switzerland.
A map of Italy in 1796.
Satellite view of Geneva; Cointrin Airport is centre left.
Bailiwicks of Bern in Vaud in the 18th century
A map of Italy in 1843.
The Geneva area seen from the Salève in France. The Jura mountains are on the horizon.
Built by the Bishop of Lausanne during the 15th century, Château Saint-Maire has been the seat of the cantonal government since 1803
The Old Swiss Confederacy from 1291 (dark green) to the sixteenth century (light green) and its associates (blue). In the other colours shown are the subject territories.
A map of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
Confluence of the Rhône and the Arve
Vevey, Lake Geneva, and the Swiss Alps
The 1291 Bundesbrief (federal charter)
Average temperature and precipitation 1961–1990
Vallée de Joux, Jura
The Act of Mediation was Napoleon's attempt at a compromise between the Ancien Régime and a Republic.
Coat of arms of Geneva as part of the pavement in front of the Reformation Wall, 2013
Montreux and Lake Geneva
The first Federal Palace in Bern (1857). One of the three cantons presiding over the Tagsatzung (former legislative and executive council), Bern was chosen as the permanent seat of federal legislative and executive institutions in 1848, in part because of its closeness to the French-speaking area.
The Flowered Clock at the Quai du Général-Guisan (English Garden), during the 2012 Geneva Festival
The room of the Grand Council of Vaud, the parliament of the canton of Vaud
Inauguration in 1882 of the Gotthard Rail Tunnel connecting the southern canton of Ticino, the longest in the world at the time
Rue Pierre-Fatio in Geneva
Districts of canton of Vaud
General Ulrich Wille, appointed commander-in-chief of the Swiss Army for the duration of World War I
Apartment buildings in the Quartier des Grottes
Lausanne, capital and largest city in Vaud
In 2003, by granting the Swiss People's Party a second seat in the governing cabinet, the Parliament altered the coalition that had dominated Swiss politics since 1959.
Geneva, with Lake Geneva in the background
Lavaux vineyards above Lake Geneva
Physical map of Switzerland (in German)
Reformation Wall in Geneva; from left to right: William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox
Köppen–Geiger climate classification map for Switzerland
Fireworks at the Fêtes de Genève, 2012
The Swiss Federal Council in 2022 with President Ignazio Cassis (bottom) standing on an abstract, reduced railway lines map and positioned at their respective political origins
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The Federal Palace, seat of the Federal Assembly and the Federal Council
The University of Geneva.
The Landsgemeinde is an old form of direct democracy, still in practice in two cantons.
Geneva railway station
The colour-reversed Swiss flag became the symbol of the Red Cross Movement, founded in 1863 by Henry Dunant.
TCMC (Tramway Cornavin – Meyrin – CERN)
A Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornet at Axalp Air Show
Geneva Sécheron railway station
Swiss-built Mowag Eagles of the Land Forces
TOSA Bus at PALEXPO Flash bus stops
The Old City of Bern
The World Intellectual Property Organization.
A proportional representation of Switzerland exports, 2019
The assembly hall of the Palace of Nations.
The city of Basel (Roche Tower) is the capital of the country's pharmaceutical industry, which accounts for around 38% of Swiss exports worldwide.
Gustave Ador
The Greater Zürich area, home to 1.5 million inhabitants and 150,000 companies, is one of the most important economic centres in the world.
Christiane Brunner
The University of Basel is Switzerland's oldest university (1460).
John Calvin, c. 1550
Some Swiss scientists who played a key role in their discipline (clockwise):
Leonhard Euler (mathematics)
Louis Agassiz (glaciology)
Auguste Piccard (aeronautics)
Albert Einstein (physics)
Isaac Casaubon
The LHC tunnel. CERN is the world's largest laboratory and also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
Michel Decastel, 2012
Members of the European Free Trade Association (green) participate in the European Single Market and are part of the Schengen Area.
Jean Henri Dunant, 1901
Switzerland has the tallest dams in Europe, among which the Mauvoisin Dam, in the Alps. Hydroelectricity is the most important domestic source of energy in the country.
Kat Graham, 2017
Entrance of the new Lötschberg Base Tunnel, the third-longest railway tunnel in the world, under the old Lötschberg railway line. It was the first completed tunnel of the greater project NRLA.
Francois Huber
Population density in Switzerland (2019)
Paul Lachenal, 1939
Percentage of foreigners in Switzerland (2019)
Lenin in Switzerland, 1916
Urbanisation in the Rhone Valley (outskirts of Sion)
Amelie Mauresmo, 2014
Alphorn concert in Vals
Liliane Maury Pasquier, 2007
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was not only a writer but also an influential philosopher of the eighteenth century.
Pierre Prévost
Ski area over the glaciers of Saas-Fee
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, making him among the most successful men's tennis players ever.
Ferdinand de Saussure
Fondue is melted cheese, into which bread is dipped
Michael Schade, 2012
National languages in Switzerland (2016): 
German (62.8%)
French (22.9%)
Italian (8.2%)
Romansh (0.5%)
Michel Simon, 1964
Johann Vogel, 2006
Voltaire
St. Pierre Cathedral
Collège Calvin
International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)
Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva
Notre-Dame Church
Russian Orthodox Church
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Hôtel de Ville and the Tour Baudet
Institut et Musée Voltaire
Mallet House and Museum international de la Réforme
Tavel House
Brunswick Monument
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
The Villa La Grange

Geneva (Genève ; Genèva ) is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

- Geneva

Vaud ((Canton de) Vaud, ; (Kanton) Waadt, or ), more formally the canton of Vaud, is one of the 26 cantons forming the Swiss Confederation.

- Vaud

2019 estimate) over 246 km2, and together with the suburbs and exurbs located in the canton of Vaud and in the French departments of Ain and Haute-Savoie the cross-border Geneva metropolitan area as officially defined by Eurostat, which extends over 2292 km2, had a population of 1,032,750 in Jan. 2019 (Swiss estimates and French census).

- Geneva

Although the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.7 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities and economic centres are, among them Zürich, Geneva and Basel.

- Switzerland

They once had claims on the modern canton of Vaud, where they occupied the Château of Chillon in Switzerland, but their access to it was cut by Geneva during the Protestant Reformation, after which it was conquered by Bern.

- House of Savoy

Around this time, the House of Savoy came to at least nominally dominate the city.

- Geneva

As the power of the House of Savoy declined at the beginning of the 15th century, troops from Bern occupied the land.

- Vaud

On the other hand, there are three enclaves of the canton of Fribourg (Estavayer-le-lac, Vuissens, Surpierre), as well as two enclaves of the canton of Geneva (Céligny), that are surrounded by the canton of Vaud.

- Vaud

By 1200, the Swiss plateau comprised the dominions of the houses of Savoy, Zähringer, Habsburg, and Kyburg.

- Switzerland

Swiss wine is produced mainly in Valais, Vaud (Lavaux), Geneva and Ticino, with a small majority of white wines.

- Switzerland
A view of Geneva by Frances Elizabeth Wynne, 4 August 1858

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