Palais des Nations
Palace of Nations Introduction
The Palace of Nations is located in the city of Geneva, in the country of Switzerland. It was developed between 1929 and 1936 to act as the headquarters of the League of Nations. It has acted as the United Nations Office for more than 60 years. Switzerland, however, did not become a member of the United Nations until 2002.
There were more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings hosted in the Palace of Nations in 2012.
There was an architectural competition held in the 20s to pick the right design for the complex.
There was a jury of architects chosen to pick a final design from among the close to 400 entries, but they could not decide on a winner. At last, the five architects who sent in the leading entries were picked to work together on a final design.
After the building was transferred to the United Nations, two extensions were put in. In the early 50s, there were three floors that were added.
At one point, in 1988, the United Nations General Assembly moved their session from the Headquarters in New York to the Palace of Nations.
The Palais of Nations has had a very rich and important history, and it is a very large structure. It should certainly be seen if you are in the area. Compare it to the structure in New York.
It is located in Ariana Park, and it was given to the city in 1890, but he had three conditions before handing it over. He said that he always wanted the park to be open to the public, that he be buried there, and that peacocks were allowed to roam freely in the park, which they still do to this day. The park also has a chalet from 1668.
Below the Palace of Nation’s stone foundation is a little time capsule that has a document with the names of the member states of the League of Nations, a League Covenant copy, and samples of coins from all the countries that were at the Tenth Assembly of the league. There is a medal that shows the Palace of Nations with the mountains of Jura in the background, and it was crafted in a silvered bronze.
The building itself overlooks Lake Geneva, and it has a nice view of the French Alps.
The Palace, as well as its buildings, comprise the 2nd biggest building complex in all of Europe, outside of Versailles.
Palais des Nations Photo Gallery
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