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Discover the district of Servette Petit-Saconnex

Nestling between the city and the countryside, the district of Servette Petit-Saconnex is characterised by its activity, vibrancy and diversity.

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Servette Petit-Saconnex is one of the eight major districts of the City of Geneva. It is located on the right bank, above the district of Grottes Saint-Gervais between Pâquis Sécheron and Saint-Jean Charmilles. The district comprises the following sectors:

  • Servette;
  • Petit-Saconnex;
  • Bouchet;
  • Moillebeau;
  • Grand-Pré;
  • Vermont;
  • Beaulieu;
  • Varembé.

Servette Petit-Saconnex is also a popular district shared by a wide variety of professions, social classes and nationalities. The presence of a mosque as well as several Catholic and Protestant churches in this district bears testimony to this.

The ‘pénétrante de verdure’, formed by the succession of large parks connecting the railway station to le Grand-Saconnex, represents a key element of collective heritage for the identity of the district and an open-air space very close to the locals’ hearts.

La Servette – a hub of diversity

In la Servette, everything is accessible on foot as the housing is located close to the shops and public services. The streets are therefore busy and very lively. There is also a wide range of associative activities. As far back as 30 years ago, the inhabitants gathered together in the ‘Cartel de la Servette’.

Like its population, the cityscape of la Servette is very diverse. The sector of Grand-Pré is located closest to the city centre and was also the first sector in the district to be urbanised. The buildings form rectangular islands. Above Rue Hoffmann, the area of villas known as la Forêt is currently growing in population. The Vermont residential complex is more recent. It is built in the shape of an amphitheatre around the Parc de Vermont.

Le Petit-Saconnex, between city and country

Le Petit-Saconnex combines the charm of the countryside and the advantages of the city. Close to the urban centre, it nevertheless has the feel of a village in certain places.

The residential areas and villas leave considerable space for green areas, such as the Promenade des Crêts or the Jardin de la Paix. Some parks used to be private, and are still home to attractive mansions. The influence of the international organisations is noticeable here. At the heart of the district, la Place du Petit-Saconnex is reminiscent of the former village, with its church, its terraces and its bakery.

History and development of the district

Consult the History and development of Servette Petit-Saconnex to discover how the district has undergone a quite spectacular change over the past hundred years. A rural, forested area in the 19th century, it has become a densely-populated district that is now home to more than 15% of the city’s population.

Local anecdotes

Did you know? A farm and hundred-year-old trees are hidden among the buildings and a football club is named after the district … Discover the secrets of Servette Petit-Saconnex through its anecdotes!

Sights in the district

To find out more about certain emblematic or unusual places in Servette Petit-Saconnex, discover the sights in the district!

Information about Servette Petit-Saconnex

The building sites currently in progress in your district

See the list of building sites lasting more than one month implemented by the City of Geneva in the Servette Petit-Saconnex district.

The Servette information centre

The attentive staff of the La Servette information centre, located on the right bank of the river, provide social health, education and cultural information about Geneva while facilitating access to municipal, cantonal and associative services.

The brochure presenting the district of Servette Petit-Saconnex

The 'Near you' district brochure, available for download at the bottom of the page or from the info-service centres, helps inhabitants familiarise themselves with the services available in their district provided by the public authorities or the network of associations.

Servette Petit-Saconnex in pictures

Rediscover the district of Servette Petit-Saconnex in pictures through the lens of the Geneva-based professional photographer, Emmanuelle Bayart. She has combed the streets of this district, offering a singular, personal and artistic photographic insight.

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Article modifié le 03.02.2020 à 23:15