L’Escalade, Geneva AD 1602
The traditional celebration of L'Escalade (from "escalade", the act of scaling defensive walls) commemorates the surprise attack on Geneva by troops of Duke of Savoy Charles Emmanuel I during the night of 11-12 December 1602. The attack failed, the savoy army was defeated and Geneva maintained its independence. Every year, on the weekend closest to December 12, the old city centre hosts along its characteristic narrow streets celebrations, commemorative parade and the battle reenactment.
During the weekend hundreds of reenactors, including more than 60 cavalrymen, offer displays of the life of the period, military activities and parades. On Sunday evening a touching torchlight procession takes place, involving more than 1000 people to celebrate the manifold historical characters of L'Escalade. The procession ends in the Cathedral square with a great bonfire.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Compagnie de 1602 (Society of 1602, Geneva Historical Society)
Address: CP 248 - 1257 La Croix-de-Rozon, Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 (22) 3123739
Fax: + 41 (22) 3104761
Geneva City Council
Image: Compagnie de 1602
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