Tour Locations | A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy
LOCATION 2 | A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy
The town hall
Stop here in front of the town hall.
In the entrance hall, you can see two big, sculpted rocks. At opening hours, you can go inside to watch them closer and listen to the story while standing or even sitting there. And if it is closed, you can do so by looking through the glass door. There's also a photo of them now on your screen.
Carouge started some 2300 years ago when the Celtic confederation called the Allobrogian built Geneva. Their capital was south of Lyon and to go there, they needed to cross the river Arve. The best place for this was here and they also made a crossroad on this side to leave in various other directions.
When the Romans came in 122 B. C., they subjugated these Celts and found that this crossroad was strategically important. So, they made a big army camp protected by posts and a ditch, and they called the place a “crossroad”. In Latin, that is “quadruvium”. This is the origin of the name of our city, “quadruvium” evolved to “Carouge”.
The two stones you see here are parts of funeral monuments of two men who have been buried here in the first century A.D. To the right is the one of a Roman centurion. A centurion is the commander of a hundred soldiers. The other was for a Roman landowner. He had freed his slaves and when he died, his former slaves witnessed their gratitude by erecting a funeral monument of which we, unfortunately, have only this stone.
Let's keep moving.
Facing the town hall, turn left and walk further, following the side of the church as far as the restaurant at the corner, opposite a big open space where many times festivals take place.