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Rousseau Island

Rousseau Island

For Geneva, Rousseau Island is a symbolic place with a very special view of the city.
This ancient bastion at the mouth of the Rhône is today a green haven of relaxation. An imposing statue represents Rousseau, the philosopher of the Age of Enlightment.

The island was not always a romantic place. It has a military history. At the end of the 16th century, it was a bastion of the city, surrounded by walls. In 1628, the island was used as a shipyard and was named Île des Barques (Boat Island). When the Pont des Bergues was built and connected to the island by a footbridge in 1832, it was finally named after the ‘citizen of Geneva’, Enlightment philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau. At the same time, the island was turned into a public park and decorated with a statue of the great man, sculpted by James Pradier.

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