• LOCATION 16 | A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy

    The temple place and the king of Sardinia

    The temple place and the king of Sardinia on Geneva audio tour A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy

    Stop here for a moment at the corner.

    You can see in the middle of the place to the left another Blavignac fountain. And to our right is Victor-Amadée street.

    The king of Sardinia who had built this city was Charles-Emmanuel the 3rd. When he died in 1773, his son Victor Amédé the 3rd – or Victor Amé – came onto the throne. In 1780, he named Carouge the chief town of a province holding 65 villages. Justice and finance offices were moved here. A college, a hospital, and a prison were built. Carouge had become a big agricultural center, then the main activity of our region.

    In 1786, he then rose Carouge to the status of a royal city. That is also when the coat of arms was decided for Carouge. There's a photo of it on your screen now.

    A white, facing lion lying on a green lawn underneath a vigorous green tree. The lion symbolizes the royal force, the green lawn, and the green tree prosperity.

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    Let's keep moving.

    Continue walking up this street. You'll pass in front of a pizzeria.

    This street is a very dangerous one. Not for the people, but for the credit cards. A lot of wonderful boutiques can enchant you. You'll shortly pass in front of a fabulous hat maker, a wonderful craftswoman.

    Keep going, I'll meet you at the next crossing by the pub.

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A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy