Tag Archives : Vaud

Lots of Lovely Money in Lausanne


Cantonal Museum of Money, Musée monétaire cantonal, Lausanne, Switzerland Now I know that looking at defunct coins that have no current purchasing power is not interesting to everyone, but I am a fan.  The amount you can learn from coinage is amazing, quite apart from the fact that many coins from the Greek world are extremely beautiful. The Cantonal Museum of…

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The Museum Hub of Palais de Rumine in Lausanne


Palais de Rumine, Lausanne, Switzerland In the centre of Lausanne, off the busy shopping streets, is an impressive turn-of-the-20th century building that looks like it might house some sort of local government offices.  While it does serve a municipal purpose, it is in fact a sort of museum complex, housing cantonal collections of varying interest but considerable scope. The building…

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Standing before the Saints in Lausanne


Cathedral of Notre Dame, Lausanne, Switzerland From the outside, the Cathedral of Lausanne has a tidy, quiet, trying-not-to-look-majestic-but-oh!-I’ve-failed air about it.  It is magnificently positioned, on a hill with views of the city, Lake Geneva and the surrounding landscape, which on a clear day makes for a educational panorama. The cathedral itself is the largest Gothic building in Switzerland.  Building…

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Little Archaeological Treasures in Lausanne


Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History, Musée cantonal d’archéologie et d’histoire (MCAH), Lausanne, Switzerland The centrally located Palais de Rumine, a great big building on the Place de la Riponne, is home to five local museums.  On the first floor is the little Cantonal Archaeology & History Museum.  It looks at the archaeology of the Lake Geneva region from 15,000 BC onwards,…

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